Ashington stand-in management trio pleased with players’ approach

Ashington caretaker manager Dave Brown on the touchline during Saturday's home defeat to Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington caretaker manager Dave Brown on the touchline during Saturday's home defeat to Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC’s interim management team of David Brown, David Leightley and Steve Jones remained upbeat and that the playing squad were happy despite the Colliers slipping to a 2-1 reverse against championship contenders Shildon at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The trio, placed in charge of team affairs at the beginning of the week after the resignation on Monday morning of Gary Middleton and subsequent departure of Perry Briggs and Steve Swinyard, were united in their post match thoughts.

“The players responded in right way and we couldn’t have asked any more from them, the work rate was absolutely fantastic,” a joint statement said.

“They did the jobs that were asked of them and on reflection deserved to take something from the game.

“They played as a team and looked as if they wanted to play for the club, which is a starting point for whoever comes in as the new manager.”

The caretaker bosses were pleased at the interval, particularly after a pearler from skipper Andrew Johnson had cancelled out Ben Wood’s early opener for the visitors.

They added: “We started the game poorly and in the first five minutes weren’t good enough during which time Shildon took the lead.

“As the half went on we came into it and had four good chances to score.

“We got the equaliser with a well worked goal and after the first 45 minutes were more than happy with the performance.

“Second half was always going to be tougher because we were against the wind, and we could have done better with the second goal we conceded.

“That was a disappointment and more so because we cannot really remember Shildon having any good chances apart from what proved to be the winner.

“They just did enough and at times just wanted to sit on the lead twice.

“On the other hand, we have had two really good opportunities ourselves and have played well in certain areas at certain times of game.”