ASHINGTON midfield playmaker Paul Antony offered no excuses after the Colliers’ 3-2 FA Vase exit against Bodmin Town on Saturday.
Thirty-year-old Antony, who joined the Woodhorn Lane outfit in the close season from Newcastle Benfield, felt the heavy pitch did have a bearing on proceedings – but ruled out that it had been the all important factor.
Antony, a progression manager at Blyth College, said: “The pitch had an influence in the first half. Bodmin would be used to their own surface and how it would play and they pinned us back.
“It took us 25 minutes to get into the game, by which time we were one nil down and had a mountain to climb.
“After half-time, although we didn’t create too much, we were on top and got the equaliser.
“At 1-1 we could have taken the game by the scruff of the neck but we were a bit naïve and gifted them a second goal.
“Certainly we shouldn’t have thrown it away.”
He added: “The pitch was thick and claggy, which was hard to run on and get going.
“It got worse because it was draining on your legs and proved to be an even tougher ask for us as we were chasing the game.
“However, I’m offering no excuses because the surface was the same for both teams.
“We may have given them a little bit too much respect but we didn’t play to our potential and that was massively disappointing.”