Briggs happy with Ashington’s fortunate FA Cup draw

In the absence of Gary Middleton, Ashington assistant manager Perry Briggs gave the orders from the dugout against Holker Old Boys. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
In the absence of Gary Middleton, Ashington assistant manager Perry Briggs gave the orders from the dugout against Holker Old Boys. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Ashington FC’s assistant manager Perry Briggs admitted his side were fortunate to still be in the FA Cup following their 2-2 draw against Holker Old Boys on Saturday.

Briggs said afterwards: “I thought we coped quite well in the first half with the wind, and some of our pass and move was very good.

“We scored two good goals but again we have gone to sleep for the one which we have conceded and have got to put that right.”

He continued: “Second half against the wind, I thought we lost our shape a little bit and didn’t keep the ball well enough.

“To be fair, we were lucky and I was happy to get away with a draw because they have put us under pressure and hit the post and bar.

“We had chances first half, and should have had another couple of goals before half-time, in which case we would have been happier.

“I knew it was going to be hard second half and I tried to set the shape up to nullify there crosses into the box.

“I thought we faded in the last 15 to 20 minutes and one or two of the lads ran out of gas – something which we have got to address – but overall a draw was a fair result.”

On a more positive note, Briggs was pleased two of the players came through the fixture following injury.

“It was Stuart Elliott’s first game of the season and he has got through 90 minutes, as did Richard Flynn, which is pleasing, but overall we have got to do better,” he said.