Ashington FC manager Harmison frustrated with home defeat to Penrith

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

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison saw his outfit go down 2-1 at home to Penrith at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night.

And afterwards, the boss said it was frustrating watching from the sidelines after his side had failed to convert ‘guilt edged chances.’

Harmison said: “It was really frustrating. We did okay in the first half but we gave the ball away far too often.

“With our style of play we want to try and get the ball out into wide areas but we never gave it a chance because we lost possession that much which was the frustrating part of the first half.”

He continued: “Second half we were better but I thought we missed three or four very good chances to seal the game and ram home our advantage.

“They [Penrith] have scored their two goals when we were in control of the ball.

“For the first, we had a free kick but within ten seconds, the ball is in the back of our net.

“Ten minutes from time, we are in control of the play in the middle of the field and within two passes we are 2-1 down.

“The effort and attitudes of the players was unquestioned which is what they are good at.

“We made mistakes in key areas and the cardinal sin was when we got in front of goal we missed gilt edged chances -more than enough to win the game. Then when we made mistakes, we got punished.”

He went on: “Conditions were decent and the pitch was slick but I cannot believe that we have lost the game 2-1.

“We were not great on the night and I thought there were a lot of players below par yet we had opportunities to win which is the frustrating part about the whole thing. It is as simple as that.”