Disappointed Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson admitted that he could not offer any excuses as to why they turned in a sub standard performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Woodhorn Lane to neighbours Bedlington Terriers.
Johnson said: “We didn’t need our manager Gary Middleton or his assistant Perry Briggs to tell us how poorly we had played because we knew ourselves.
“Maybe we took things too easy and thought we just needed to turn up and win – I don’t know – but I cannot offer any excuses.
“What I do know is that it was hugely disappointing and all the lads in the dressing room were gutted.”
The 26-year-old added: “The wind caused problems and spoilt the game, but we never got going and it was a complete turnaround from Tuesday when we knew we would have to play well against Celtic Nation if we wanted to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
“But Bedlington defended very well with James Harmison, Andrew Leeson and Sean McCafferty in particular outstanding, and the best team won on the day.”