West Auckland boss delighted with win over Ashington

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West Auckland boss Steve Skinner was delighted after his side had retained their top of the league status with a 4-1 win over Ashington on Saturday.

Skinner said afterwards: “Obviously it was another good three points for us.

“First half I thought we controlled the game very well and took our goals well to go in at the break with a deserved lead.

“Second half we came out a bit sloppy, our tempo was a bit slow, and we knew Ashington were going to come at us the first ten to 15 minutes so we had to protect our lead instead of forcing the game.

“It took until probably the final ten minutes for us to start to get back on top and the only good thing was we kept our shape which limited Ashington’s chances because they probably shaded the second half.

“I didn’t think either were penalties, but we have finished 4-1 winners and over the 90 minutes, probably shaded it enough to win the match.

“Because of the chances we created and as they never had too many clear cut opportunities, I thought 3-1 would have been a fair result, but the fourth goal by Steven Richardson was a piece of quick thinking on our part.