Middleton delighted with Ashington performance in FA Cup replay

Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton was delighted after his side had registered their first victory of the season and advanced in the FA Cup.

The Colliers defeated Holker Old Boys 3-0 on Tuesday night in their FA Cup extra preliminary round replay at Woodhorn Lane.

A second half brace from Andrew Johnson coupled to Glen Taylor’s first half strike put the Colliers into the next round where they will travel to face Northern Counties East League premier division outfit Albion Sports at Bradford on Saturday, August 30.

The Woodhorn Lane boss admitted that frustration has been the key word in their early part of the campaign but felt his side eventually clicked after they had withstood an opening burst from Holker.

“It was a good win,” said Middleton.

“After Saturday, we knew they were a strong team who like to pass the ball, and I thought the first 20 minutes they showed that tonight.

“We knew the game wasn’t going to be any formality but I thought once we got to grips, we dominated the game.”

He continued: “We went about our business better than from the start of the season and I thought some of our pass and movement play going forward was terrific.

“It’s been a bit of a frustrating start.

“We did well for 75 minutes against Jarrow Roofing and for 45 minutes at Morpeth and then we did OK at Holker on Saturday, but tonight things just seemed to come together.

“Holker were always a threat and they are a good footballing team who had some pace and creativity out wide.

“Give them their due, even at 3-0 down, they kept on trying to do the right things.

“But it was pleasing from our point of view to get a clean sheet and the back four – Lance McGlen, Richard Flynn, Ben Christensen and James Novak – played their best games of the campaign so far.

“I also thought the three lads in the middle of the park – James Taylor, Richie Slaughter and Craig Robson – all had really good matches.

“We have got some good footballers at the club and sometimes you have got to be patient because it takes a while for players to understand what we are trying to do and what we want from them.

“But I’m really pleased for the lads tonight that we’ve secured our first victory.”