Shildon assistant boss believes his side deserved win at Ashington

Shildon assistant manager Stuart Niven thought his side shaded the game and probably deserved their 4-1 victory over Ashington at a rain affected Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night.

Striker Michael Rae grabbed a hat-trick whilst substitute Lewis Wing added the fourth.

The win stretched the Railwaymen’s lead at the top of the Ebac Northern League first division table to 11 points.

Niven said: “The start we got made a big difference, meaning they had to chase the game and we then tried to hit Ashington on the break and make them squeeze up the game.

“Certainly being the home team they had to go for it a little bit and consequently it made things a bit easier for us.

“We took our chances at the right times which again was important.

“Ashington had a couple of opportunities at the start of the second half, which had they gone in could have changed the game big time.

“We like teams to squeeze on at us because we have got pace up top, but to be fair we were under a little bit of pressure for long spells.

“We probably deserved the win and probably edged the game because I thought we were the better side for the majority of the 90 minutes, but our third goal came when Ashington were starting to get on top and that knocked the stuffing out of them a little bit.

“Overall, we were pleased with the and that’s all we can hope for.”