ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton was upbeat after what he described as being a ‘pleasing performance’ from his players on Tuesday night as they defeated local neighbours and rivals Blyth Spartans 3-1 at Woodhorn Lane.
Middleton said afterwards: “It was a good work out against a Blyth outfit who are in a transitional period of bringing players in and getting a squad together.
“It was also a pleasing performance with many players getting plenty of minutes under their belts and I was happy with the type of football we played.”
Andrew Johnson was twice on target for the Colliers with James Taylor scoring the third.
Middleton added: “I asked for a performance and I got one.
“We could have scored more but legs have tired and there have been lots of changes and the game then becomes a bit false in the second half of pre-season friendlies.
“However, all in all it was a good night.”
Blyth – playing their first friendly of the season – netted just before the break through Craig Farrell.
Boss Tommy Cassidy said: “At half-time several of the players were shattered, but to put this game into perspective, this was a practice outing for us with four or five guys on trial.
“That was the idea of the clash and that’s the way it turned out.”
Despite the result, Cassidy was happy that the game proved its worth.
“Tonight showed me one or two things and the game had a purpose,” he said.
“There was some naivety with some of the young kids and we have got to try and get some more experienced players in.”