Penrith boss admits Ashington deserved victory

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Ashington scuppered the hoped-for celebrations of Penrith boss Matt Henney on Saturday as the Colliers came from behind before securing a 2-1 victory.

Henney revealed afterwards that he had been looking to enjoy his 100th game in charge of the Cumbrians – but it was not to be.

Skipper Grant Davidson gave Henney the perfect boost with an opener in the first half before second half goals from Phil Airey and Glen Taylor swung the game in the home side’s favour.

“I’m in my third season in charge at Penrith and this was my 100th game – although it’s not about me,” he said.

“It’s about the players and I didn’t think we’ve adapted well enough to the conditions, which happened last season as well.

“Ashington are a really good team with good players and who have a clever manager.

“When you come to Woodhorn Lane you haven’t only got to battle against a good side but also against this wind and the elements.

“Overall, Ashington deserved to win because they dealt with the conditions of the sun and the wind better.

“In the first half we had a good few chances. Grant Davidson has scored one but from another opportunity keeper Conor Grant has made a great save.

“Ashington could have maybe had three or four before half-time and that was against the strong wind - and including the fact that our keeper has done really well.”

Henney said he envisaged a difficult second period.

“I said to the boys at half-time that if Ashington could create the chances they had in the first half, that in more favourable conditions for them in the second, we would be under the cosh a bit,” he said.

“I didn’t think we defended well enough and all credit to Ashington who deserved the win.

“We had no complaints.”

Meanwhile the Penrith boss is hoping his side can keep away from the relegation zone.

He added: “I’ve got a young side which includes five teenagers in the starting 11 every week and they are learning.

“I’m hoping we are going to be alright because I don’t know how they would react if we were to get sucked into trouble at the wrong end of the table.”