Middleton feels draw was a fair result

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton hailed the performance of his players following Saturday’s 0-0 draw in the FA Cup clash with Shildon at Dean Street.

He said: “On the 90 minutes I thought a draw was probably the fairest result.

“It was an extremely tough cup tie and to be fair I couldn’t have asked any more from the players.”

Middleton was delighted to pour praise on his squad.

“I have been critical of them this season,” he said, “but it was a pleasing result and performance.

“We competed well against a strong team.

“We looked solid and the only times they looked to get in was through our mistakes.

“At the other end of the field, Stephen Young and Gareth Bainbridge didn’t get an awful lot to feed on.

“Godsmark and Clarke looked good.

“Obviously I knew Shildon would be concerned about Jonny’s pace and that proved so, and if I’m honest, I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t elaborate on that.

“It was a really pleasing performance and every one of the lads did well.”

Meanwhile long serving defender Paul Dunn linked up with North Shields last week and Chris Scott joined Jarrow Roofing.

Middleton said: “Paul has gone to the Robins for a month to get some games under his belt whilst Chris has moved on.”