Ashington disappointed with draw against Marske

Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington manager Steve Harmison said his players were disappointed after only picking up a point from a thrilling 2-2 draw against Markse United at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night.

The boss said: “The result adds another game to our unbeaten run which is a positive, but the lads are disappointed because they have only taken a point for their efforts and I quite like that as it tells me a lot about them.

“We were sitting 2-1 up at half-time and thinking we’ve got a good chance as they [Marske] had to make the running.

“I’ve said it many times before that I’m not one to say ‘we deserved a point when we have lost’ or that ‘we deserved to win when we have taken a point’, but overall, I thought it was a fantastic Northern League game of football.

“We played against a very, very good side, and even though our keeper Conor made a couple of good saves for us, we have threatened their goal a few times.

“After our win at Washington on Saturday, I thought the draw was another good result and it shows a lot about where my team have come from because I do believe that had this game been played at the start of the season we would have lost.

“That shows the character of the side. The players have worked very hard for each other and I thought we looked threatening, although we didn’t use Dan [O’Reilly] as much as we would have liked too.

“We have got a point against a very good side who have been in and around the top six for a few years and who have also won the league.

“As the old cliché says, the game could have gone either way and there were fine margins.

“We keep shooting ourselves a little bit in the foot.

“Ahead 2-1, we had a corner and within a few seconds Marske have scored the equaliser.

“That was disappointing, but I’m certainly not going to have a go at the players.

“They were excellent on Saturday against Washington and were very good tonight and now we’ve got to get them ready to face another good side in Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

“On numerous occasions we have been guilty of not starting a football match well, especially here at Woodhorn Lane, so to score from the penalty, which I thought was a good decision by the referee, was great.

“Having started on the front foot, we had hoped to kick on from there, but nevertheless, the signs are positive.

“We have got games in hand and matches against teams who are in and around us up to and after Christmas, and if we want to be challenging at the top end of the table, we want to be carrying this run, which is now five league games unbeaten, into double figures.

“However, the players need to work as hard as they have done in recent weeks.

“The work rate in the last three games has been excellent and got us into a position to contest football matches.

“We managed to win two and draw one so we cannot be disappointed with that.”