Middleton disappointed side did not go on and kill the game

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DESPITE being pleased with his side’s victory at Billingham Town on Saturday, Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton was nevertheless disappointed that the game had not been put beyond the home side before a stoppage time second from Town set up a nervy last couple of minutes.

Middleton said: “In the first half we began in sloppy fashion by conceding a goal, but I thought after that we looked decent and worthwhile coming in at 2-1 up at the interval.

“They haven’t threatened the goal again, but I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t push on.

“At 2-1 we played some good football without actually going for the jugular – they were there for the taking, to be fair, and we just weren’t positive enough.

“Second half we come out and Gareth (Bainbridge) has scored a great goal I thought we were comfortable.

“However, I was a bit disappointed we didn’t go on and kill the game off because that’s what we’ve asked the players to do.

“Teams are always going to get a spell – and they did – but I thought it was more down to our poor play and sloppiness of giving the ball away for 15 to 20 minutes when they had a bit of possession but really didn’t hurt us.”

Middleton is adamant things can get even better.

“This was a really good three points,” he said.

“I was happy with the result – it was pleasing – but there is still loads more to come from us.”