GARY Middleton was delighted his Ashington CFC side had managed a share of the spoils from their game on Teesside on Saturday.
And this especially as he felt his side had under-performed over 90 minutes.
“Come the end of the game I was happy with a point,” he said.
“The performance over the 90 minutes from every one of the players was below par.
“We’ve set our standards high this season and unfortunately they dipped on Saturday.
“At the end of the day I was quite happy with a point against a useful Guisborough side.”
Middleton made reference to an old footballing adage when he talked about rueing missed chances.
“We didn’t do enough throughout,” he said. “But having said that we had four great chances in first half – they had chances to score as well – and if you don’t take them then you are not going to win.
“But Guisborough created more than us. They caused us problems with their top three whilst we didn’t defend very well.
“There were a few things I was not happy with so it was nice to come out of the performance with a point and to take a haul of seven points from trips to Billingham Synthonia, Marske and Guisborough – three very difficult places to go – is commendable.”
On the plus side, Middleton singled out striker Phill Bell who scored the two goals as well as newly signed Tommy English from Bedlington Terriers.
He added: “I thought Phill worked tirelessly whilst carrying a knock from our game against Dunston on Tuesday and he was terrific.
“English looked a class act on the ball and had Andrew Johnson and English combined with a better performance throughout the match then it could have been more fruitful and we could have reaped dividends.”