Harmison heaps praise on players after Ashington cup win

The new management team at Ashington FC, from left, assistant Ian Skinner, manager Steve Harmison and coach Lee Anderson. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
The new management team at Ashington FC, from left, assistant Ian Skinner, manager Steve Harmison and coach Lee Anderson. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison was delighted with his side’s Tuesday night win in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

The single goal victory over Bishop Auckland at a chilly Woodhorn Lane ground sent the home side into the quarter-finals.

Striker Glen Taylor’s second half header was all that separated the sides over 90 minutes.

But the new boss could not compliment his players enough: “I said thank you to every one of them,” he said after the game.

“The simple fact was that yesterday afternoon I was struggling to fill a team and what I asked of them from the start was to give me some energy, belief and desire - and I thought every single one of them gave me that.

“Everything should be credited to the 11 players and the two substitutes who came on because I asked three or four players to play out of position and they gave me everything they had.

“However, the one thing which they have unfortunately done for themselves is they have set very high standards and they have got to keep it up.”

He added: “I thought the goal was coming. We talked at half-time that the game was more like basketball - you attack us then we attack you - and it just needed someone to put their foot on the ball. That is going to come.

“We have only been in the job 48 hours. It’s been frantic before the game; the 90 minutes were frantic but we were on the right side of the result.

“Bishops are a good side and it was a good game, although I wouldn’t say either side had great chances.

“I thought some of our football was nice and the energy was good.

“We are through to the next round of the cup but we are in a predicament in the first division of the Ebac Northern League, and the league is more important than the next round of the cup.

“It’s one step at a time and we are moving in the right direction, but winning tonight gives us belief for Saturday’s home clash against Sunderland RCA.”