High School boss feels side should have been out of sight by interval

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Ashington High School Sports College Under-18’s manager Marc Nash was delighted with his side’s win in the ESFA National Cup over Castle Howard.

They won 4-1 at Woodhorn Lane on Wednesday afternoon, a victory which saw the Wansbeck outfit reach the last 16 of the competition.

After the game Nash paid the ultimate compliment to his side.

He said: “Overall it was a good win and pretty much convincing, but I thought the game should have been out of sight by half-time.

“We probably weren’t expecting such an easy ride in the end – we thought it would have been a bit tighter, but even though we missed a penalty after three minutes, we then dominated proceedings.

“To be honest, we missed a lot of chances and the biggest goal of the game for us was the second, which arrived on the stroke of the interval.

“Before that, Castle Howard were still in the game at 1-0, but the second strike demoralised them.

“To be fair we just kept plugging away and Adam Bains, who missed a couple of the chances as well as the penalty, has ended up getting that second goal for us which was the killer blow.”

Nash was pleased as his side stepped things up after the break.

“Second half I thought the performance was better and we played very well,” he said.

“In the first 40 minutes there were maybe a few nerves out there. We missed those opportunities and everyone was getting a little bit edgy because it could have been four or five.

“But in the second period I thought the lads relaxed and played some good football, which was good to see, and an early third goal settled us down.

“We said at half-time that Castle Howard hadn’t created too much, but the lads were told not to give away any silly free kicks because set pieces could have provided the visitors with a route to get back into the contest.

“However, my squad did everything which was asked of them and they have seen the game out pretty comfortably.”