The manner of defeat grieves Matty the most

A rare Ashington attack as Marc Walton looks to get the ball across goal with Matthew Grieve waiting in the box.  Photo by Ian Appleby
A rare Ashington attack as Marc Walton looks to get the ball across goal with Matthew Grieve waiting in the box. Photo by Ian Appleby

ASHINGTON central defender Matty Grieve admitted that it was the manner in which the Colliers lost to league leaders Darlington 1883 on Saturday which hurt the most.

Twenty-two-year-old Grieve, who joined the Quakers for a short spell earlier in the season before returning to Woodhorn Lane, said: “The game on Saturday was a lot different to when we played them in mid-October and were defeated 6-1.

“Obviously I thought we applied ourselves better on this occasion but apart from the goal, I can’t remember them having a chance.”

As for the all important goal scored by Steven Johnson, Grieve said: “Karl Dryden has saved the shot from Kerry Hedley onto the post but the ball has come back and landed at Johnson’s feet and he has finished it off.

“We had limited them to hardly any chances and it was disappointing to lose to a goal of that kind on the counter attack as it stemmed from our free kick.”

The big defender reckons the Ashington outfit need to give a bit more.

“We were better than when we played Darlington away – but we’ve got to give a bit more and take that into our next game,” he added.