Middleton frustrated by side’s inconsistency

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton made no excuses but described his side’s inconsistency and error ridden frailties as being a major frustration after the Colliers went down 2-1 to Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

Middleton said: “Obviously conditions were atrocious for any sort of football but I’m not offering that as an excuse.

“We had to adapt and we started very well with Darren Lough and Damen Mullen linking up nicely in the first 20 minutes.

“We created some good opportunities and our goal was a good one with a great header by Mullen.

“After that we went on and had a decent spell and looked comfortable, but unfortunately a poor mistake has resulted in the equaliser.

“Bishops are struggling for every point and it gave them a lift on a pitch which they are used to playing on.

“We talked at half-time about being positive and to keep going down the sides, but then we have gone 2-1 behind.

“I thought we could have done better for the second goal – it was a lack lustre attempt to clear the ball.”

Middleton believes errors are costing his side dearly.

“I don’t think teams are working for their goals – it’s errors which are beating us at the moment,” he added.

“If we go through 90 minutes without a mistake and work hard then we’ve got a chance to come out on top.

“But we cannot continue to make mistakes and expect to win games of football.”

The boss wants his side to adopt more consistency.

He added: “It’s so frustrating, I seem as if I’m saying the same things and we’re getting the same outcome.

“The lads have got to want it more and outbattle their opponents first.”

n Goals from Stephen Young and Chris Scott cemented a 2-0 home win for Ashington over Billingham Synthonia last Tuesday, then on Thursday the Colliers lost 3-1 at Dunston UTS.

The home side were three-nil up in the opening ten minutes.

Ten minutes into the second half Andrew Johnson reduced the arrears in a period which saw Ashington dominate but unable to find another way through.