Harmison disappointed with Ashington’s first half display

Ashington defender James Harmison's acrobatic diving header is pushed away by the goalkeeper. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington defender James Harmison's acrobatic diving header is pushed away by the goalkeeper. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Steve Harmison felt his side failed to show in the first half of their final home game of the season against Newton Aycliffe at Woodhorn Lane.

The boss reflected on a poor display and a difficult playing surface whilst giving credit to the visitors.

“It was a poor game and one which was again spoiled by poor conditions,” he said.

“We need to address the surface because I am asking players to do things and we are playing on a pitch which isn’t great.

“However, the thing that disappointed me today is the way we didn’t come out of the traps in first half and that gave Aycliffe a bit of hope and impetus.

“We didn’t play, we just couldn’t get into the game with a down wind and with everything in our favour.

“Fair play to them. They got stuck in and were fighting for their lives to stay in the league and they have managed to get three points.”

He continued: “After Glen got us level, we just stepped off things a little bit and give Aycliffe credit they came back hard at us bearing in mind it is a team fighting for their survival.

“At 1-1 you think that they have thrown everything and we could go on and win the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“I’m not sure if we deserved to win but I didn’t think we deserved to lose, and I thought the effort the lads put in in the second half was very good and they played some good stuff.”

The boss was upset with the award of the late penalty to Aycliffe but was certainly not despondent.

“Conor Grant got a massive hand on the ball so I was very disappointed,” he said.

“But we have been in charge now for 14 games and had ten wins.

“For a team who hadn’t won in six or seven before that, I think we have come a long way and the players need to be proud of the fact.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s away clash against Durham City, Harmison said: “We will be going to try and win the match – there is a supporters bus going from the club and I’m not going to disrespect our fans with a sub-standard performance.

“We have a few injury niggles and won’t take any risks, but we will be up for it and ready to go.”