Striker Ben Harmison says there is still more to come from Ashington squad

Ashington manager Steve Harmison in the dugout Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington manager Steve Harmison in the dugout Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ben Harmison’s second half brace in the 3-2 win over Bishop Auckland on Saturday took his tally for the season to seven.

And the towering centre forward, who notched in the 72nd and 77th minutes with two cracking headers, reckons there is still more to come as a whole from the Woodhorn Lane-based outfit.

Ashington-born Harmison said: “The victory was good. I thought we looked a bit tired, but that’s understandable because we have played quite a lot in such a short space of time and the pitches are turning.

“They have been very hard games too, but we have showed everyone in the league that we can match them, and I still think there is a lot more to come from us.”

The 30-year-old, who has bagged six goals in his last five league matches, added: “Because of the pitches, it’s quite tough and you have got to work hard every game, but from a personal point of view, I’m confident, feeling good and enjoying it because we are starting to put some crosses into the box.

“We had to get crosses in the box, which we spoke about it at half-time, and we did that second half.

“I’m happy with the way I am playing but more so because we are picking points up.

“We look a really hard side to beat, which is good, and we are not just winning against the lower sides in the league, we are defeating the top teams.”

After his leveller, Harmison could see an Ashington victory on the horizon.

“Luke Salmon put over a good cross and once the ball is in the box I feel as if I can beat anyone in the air,” he said.

“I got up before the centre half and luckily it found the net.

“We were fizzling out energy wise and I thought the goal gave us the boost we needed.

“Once that went in I thought there was only ever going to be one winner, and when Paul Antony put a great ball free kick in with pace on it all I needed to do was to get a flick on target and it found the corner.

“Confidence is high in the camp, we are on a decent run and the lads are starting to realise that we are a good team.

“We are definitely a club on the up who are only going to get better and better.”

Meanwhile Colliers manager Steve Harmison said his players were ‘magnificent’ in the second half against the Bishops as they stretched their unbeaten run in the league to six matches.

However, the boss pulled no punches and added that the management team had given them a rocket at half-time.

“The run continues, and the most pleasing aspect is that it is against good sides,” he said.

“We have played Seaham Red Star, Marske United and now Bishop Auckland and we have got seven points out of nine with two wins and a draw.

“However, I’m not going to hide the fact that some heated words were exchanged at half-time.

“We got the equaliser and it was a fantastic header by Ben Harmison following good play from us, and then all of a sudden, and as I have said many times, when we are on the front foot we are as good a side as anybody.

“After that soul searching at half-time, the only people who could do it was the players.

“Conor [Grant] made a couple of saves but I thought every single one of them were magnificent.

“All in all we have to be really pleased with the last few weeks we have had and we are looking forward and not back.

“We went into a run of games which was good for us but we need to go Saturday to Saturday and give our experienced players some time to recover.”

Meanwhile midfielder Scott Gunn who signed for ENL second division leaders Team Northumbria at the end of last week, left Woodhorn Lane with a glowing reference from Harmison.

“Scott is a great lad and a good player,” he said.

“I was disappointed and gutted when he decided he wanted to go because he has got good qualities which we will undoubtedly miss.

“His dad and granddad always came along to support him and I’d like to think that although he has gone we will see him in an Ashington shirt again.

“I have nothing but great things to say about Scott, and when he left on Friday, everyone wished him well.

“He is a young man who wants to play football and I know he will do well, and if things don’t work out for him, I wouldn’t think twice about bringing him back to Ashington.”