Ashington boss Steve Harmison praises team’s togetherness and spirit

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison.
Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison.
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Ashington manager Steve Harmison praised the togetherness and spirit of his squad after they had fought back to clinch a 5-4 victory against Guisborough on Wednesday night.

The Colliers entered the final minutes trailing 4-3 before turning the game around with strikes from Ben Harmison and substitute Andrew Bulford.

The Woodhorn Lane boss said: “It was a goal fest, but the lads showed great character.

“At 4-3, Guisborough killed the game, but our togetherness and spirit is what got us over the line.

“You should never lose seven games in a row like we did recently, and therefore because of the position we are in, its all about results now and not performances until the end of the season.

“I never want to single individuals out, but Andrew Bulford who scored the winner tonight hasn’t had much game time.

“We sorted out a couple of friendlies over the past weeks where he got his name on the scoresheet, and this evening he has done what he does best – hitting the back of the net.

“At the start of the season he wasn’t scoring goals because chances were not being created, but he got a chance and took it.

“Then there is James Harmison, who shouldn’t have played. James would rather someone else play if it benefits the team, but with fellow central defenders Wayne Buchanan suspended and both Ben Christensen and Craig Scott unavailable, it left us with only James and Ryan Bell.

“The alternative was to play players out of position, but James said ‘I’ll play and see how long I can last’.

“He had to come off with a dead leg, but that’s the kind of characters we have got in the dressing room.

“I was pleased with the way the lads performed and fought back. I thought going forward we looked a challenging side on a big pitch and the two lads up front started to gel a bit, and Dale Pearson had a good game.

“We got ourselves in front at 3-2 then through no fault of our own, we concede a free kick and they equalise through a bit of brilliance from their winger [Steven Roberts].

“We didn’t really come out second half but for the last 15 minutes the elements of fitness as a team came to the fore, and even trailing 4-3, I thought we could still get a draw.

“We have got some hard and nice games coming up.

“Despite losing 1-0, our performance against Shildon was good, and we have banished the Newcastle Benfield game where we made mistakes and were punished.

“Now the boot is on the other foot where we are punishing mistakes made by the opposition.”