NEWCASTLE UNITED reserves battled their way past brave Ashington to seal a 2-0 victory in the Northumberland Senior Cup thanks to two goals from Brad Inman.
The Northern League outfit made a good account of themselves at Whitley Park amidst driving rain.
But class eventually told for the Magpies, with Inman in fine form.
In the early stages Michael Richardson and ex-Toon youngster Jonny Godsmark traded pops at either end in a scrappy start to the second round encounter.
Haris Vuckic had a great chance to open the scores from Dan Taylor’s pass but saw his shot hooked off the line in the first half.
However, on the stroke of half-time a towering header by Phill Bell resulted in a great tip onto the bar by United keeper Alex Baird.
On 57 minutes though, Newcastle unlocked the Ashington defence with a special moment for Inman as he rifled in with his right foot from outside the box, an effort that flew into the net from 20 yards after the Colliers failed to clear a corner.
With 15 minutes to go Inman put the lid on it for Newcastle when he fired in another powerful goal from long range to round off a good night for Willie Donachie’s second string.
NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES: Alex Baird, Alex Nicholson, Lee Toland, Remie Streete, Tamas Kadar (c), Ryan McGorrigan, Bradden Inman, Michael Richardson, Joan Edmundsson, Haris Vuckic, Dan Taylor. Subs (not used): Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Riley, Ben Sayer, Adam Campbell, JJ Hooper
ASHINGTON: Karl Dryden, Paul Buzzeo, Craig Scott, James Taylor, Liam Atkin (c), Gareth Rees (Matthew Grieve 84), Andrew Johnson, Mark O'Dea (Andrew Dugdale 80), Phillip Bell, Jonathan Godsmark, Damen Mullen (Gareth Bainbridge 80) Subs (not used): Stuart Morris, Michael Hogg
Referee: Mick McDonough