Middleton relaxed with comfortable win for Ashington

Ashington's Marc Walton doubles his side's lead against Team Northumbria with a powerful shot from outside the area. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington's Marc Walton doubles his side's lead against Team Northumbria with a powerful shot from outside the area. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Ashington CFC boss Gary Middleton was in relaxed mood after his side’s 4-1 victory over Team Northumbria on Saturday.

This despite his side being frustrated for most of the contest until Andrew Johnson’s goal had broken the deadlock ten minutes into the second half.

The Woodhorn Lane boss said: “It was a comfortable win in the end – after what had been a frustrating first half.

“I thought we had a lot of possession and our build up play in general was great until we got into the final third when the final ball or our decisions around the box were poor.

“We had a couple of real good chances in the first period too, one which fell to David Carson, the other to Andrew Johnson, although the keeper on that occasion has made a good save.”

Middleton said he and assistant Perry Briggs had spoken to the players during the interval about the importance and need for more quality.

“We asked the players to do more of the same in the second half as they had in the first, but with better quality in the final third,” he said.

“Andrew Johnson got the breakthrough for us then we took control after that.

“Our play improved in the second half and it was a good win and a one which got us three points.”