Ashington skipper says players gutted with FA Vase defeat

A rare attack saw Wisbech awarded a free kick which No. 10 Tom James scored to give them an early lead. Picture by Ian Appleby
A rare attack saw Wisbech awarded a free kick which No. 10 Tom James scored to give them an early lead. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson has called for the playing squad and the whole of the club to stick together in the wake of Saturday’s disappointing FA Carlsberg Vase exit against Wisbech Town.

Gary Middleton’s side went down by a 2-1 scoreline and Johnson said: “The players are all gutted.

“On a windy day we never passed the ball along the ground but played it long into Glen Taylor, and we just did not perform how we know we can and how we have done all season.

“We never created an opening, but neither did Wisbech – and it was two set pieces from which they got there goals.

“We began the game poorly but then equalised at a perfect time and once Kyle Oliver had levelled, I honestly thought there would only be one winner – and that would be us.

“I also believed that the goal would kick start us and we would get into our usual groove, but it never materialised.”

Johnson was also left frustrated after seeing a goal bound effort magnificently saved by Wisbech keeper Carl Mackney towards the end.

“I thought that was our chance,” he said.

“I made a clean connection and thought I had scored and I could not believe it when the keeper saved it.”

The skipper, 26, says everyone has got to pull together in the same direction.

“As a club everybody have got to stick together when things are not going so well,” he said.

“You cannot point fingers at the same group of lads who were doing so well weeks ago and cannot just be over the moon when we are winning.

“No one was more disappointed on Saturday than myself, but we will bounce back from this.”