Grant feels point least Ashington deserved at Dunston

Ashington captain Andrew Johnson tries to get through the Dunston defence. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington captain Andrew Johnson tries to get through the Dunston defence. Picture by Ian Appleby

Conor Grant played a prominent role for Ashington as the Colliers kept Dunston at bay to fully merit a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Indeed the 25-year-old thought a share of the spoils was the minimum the Wansbeck side deserved.

“They had a few chances but I thought we looked solid enough a lot of the time,” he said.

“A 0-0 away from home is a good result. If you can draw your away games and win your home matches you will do OK.”

Grant denied Steven Richardson in a one-on-one in the first half but topped that 20 minutes from time to keep out a goal bound effort from Liam Thear.

He said: “I was happy with the saves, but that’s my job and it’s what I’m expected to do.

“Overall they didn’t have too many chances even though James Harmison has made a good few blocks but as a whole unit I thought we defended well for the 90 minutes, something which we had been guilty of not doing over the last few games.

“We haven’t had the best of starts to the season but today is a foundation to build on and we have the players capable of scoring goals and winning games for us.

“We had the effort and commitment and it was good, and I thought a point was the least we deserved out of the clash.”

Defender James Harmison, who was colossal at the heart of the back four, said: “Even going back to when I was 16 and 17-years-old playing for Bedlington, it’s like a fortress at Dunston. It is always difficult going to the UTS Stadium.

“Obviously you want to win but you would always take a point here because it’s a hard place to get anything.

“This was our third clean sheet of the season so it’s great from a defensive point of view for us to be strong at the back, but we need to be difficult to break down like we were last year.

“You come to Dunston and they have a great club and committee, and they are a big strong direct team, a typical Northern League side who are hard to beat.”

The 34-year-old added: “I thought we gave 100 per cent, but that’s the minimum you have to give every week in this league.

“The quality we have got with the six forwards will get us goals but we have to continue to keep getting clean sheets and to scrap and battle for every ball.

“It was a great point but I thought with a bit of luck we could have nicked a win at the end, and that would have been fantastic.

“We just need to believe in ourselves a bit more and we will kick on, we really will.”