Middleton laments missed opportunities

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Ashington manager Gary Middleton was pleased with his side’s overall performance in the 1-1 draw with Berwick Rangers at Woodhorn Lane on Sunday – but was disappointed his outfit failed to claim a victory over the Scottish Third Division outfit.

Middleton said: “My prophecy remains unchanged – that warm-up games are all about match fitness and this one was no different.

“I thought the first half it took us a while to get into the contest, but that was always going to be the case because this was only our third pre-season session.

“I thought we started to play how we can play as the game wore on – Andrew Johnson got into it more and Glen Taylor linked up well.”

Middleton bemoaned his side’s inability to convert two penalty chances.

“Unfortunately we went a goal down but we’ve then had two opportunities to score from the spot, which is a bit disappointing when you don’t take them,” he said.

“But we kept going and after Lee Scott had struck a well deserved equaliser, we should have won it at the end through Andrew Johnson, but he hit the post.

“However, overall I was pleased. I thought the few changes we made freshened things up a bit.

“Young Dean Briggs and Paul Watson did well and the more the game progressed, the better David Carson looked.”