No excuses from Guiseley boss following Ashington win

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GUISELEY manager Steve Kittrick kept his promise in the wake of his side’s 1-0 defeat against Ashington in the FA Cup third qualifying round clash at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The West Yorkshire outfit’s boss said last week if his side went out of the competition, he would make no excuses.

And afterwards Kittrick was true to his word.

He said: “Ashington were a lot better first half, but whereas I didn’t think they had an opportunity after the break, we’ve had a lot of chances but have put nothing away.

“However, take nothing away from Ashington, who worked hard as a team.”

Reflecting on the 90 minutes, Kittrick added: “We played our normal game second half and tried to play football whereas I felt we played too deep first half.

“The Ashington goal has materialised from a mistake in the home penalty area and we’ve tried to be a bit more cute, it’s broken down and they have scored.

“Second half we had 90 per cent possession but it was always going to happen.

“At the end of the day we’ve had a couple of half chances which haven’t gone in, on another day we would have scored two or three second half.

“But good luck to Ashington, who had an organised team.

“We are a footballing side and I’ve always preached about playing football and I will not stop doing that because it has got us where we are – third in the Conference North.

“However, it’s all about effort. We changed it around and there was improvement.

“But it’s always going to be a game where you either come off with a smile on your face or you have lost.”