Briggs heaps praise on his beaten Ashington side

Ashington FC’s assistant manager Perry Briggs said he could not have asked for any more from the players in terms of efforts and commitment in their FA Cup replay defeat.

The Colliers went down to a solitary goal from Scarborough Athletic’s Gary Bradshaw at Bridlington on Tuesday night.

Briggs said: “We made the long journey with a squad down to the bare bones but our work ethic was very good.

“We passed the ball really well in the first half and after Glen Taylor had had an opportunity, I thought we had claims for what looked like a stonewall penalty turned down.

“We restricted Scarborough to long range shots but after starting the second period well, we switched off for a couple of minutes during which time they got what proved to be the winning goal.

“After that we got a bit tired as we chased the game, and although Marc Walton had a half chance, we just could not find an equaliser.”

He added: “However, I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players tonight, and special praise must go to goalkeeper Kyle Barnard, who performed well on his debut.

“It was a cup tie which could have gone either way - and we will still look back on being unlucky in the first game when Marc Walton has hit the bar, which had it gone in would have put us into a 2-0 lead, then Scarborough’s 93rd minute leveller which was a contested penalty award.

“We have got to kick on from here following this disappointing defeat and perform at the same level starting with Saturday’s home match against Consett.

“They are flying at the moment and are unbeaten in the league this season, so we know we face another tough encounter.”