Winskill hoping FA Cup win results in some confidence

ASHINGTON CFC’s assistant manager Neil Winskill is hoping that his side’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Northallerton Town will kick-start their stuttering start.

Winskill said after the victory at Woodhorn Lane: “I’m chuffed to bits with the result. Confidence goes quickly and takes a long time to come back and the only way it is going to return is by winning.

“Hopefully this will make a difference.”

Ashington’s number two was concerned in the first half as his side struggled.

“I thought we looked nervous and anxious,” he said, “and I hoped the goal might have given us a boost but I don’t think it did.

“Northallerton equalised at an awful time for us, but I said to the players during the interval that we were no worse off than when we kicked off.”

Winskill was aware of the Colliers being low on confidence.He added: “I think the last couple of games with defeats against Sunderland RCA and Bedlington have probably knocked the confidence levels of the players which I thought was evident.

“Second half I wasn’t worried about Northallerton scoring – I was more concerned as to whether we were going to fashion a chance.

“Give our lads credit, they have stuck at it and have clawed their way through to the next round really.”

As the clock wore down and the tie locked at 1-1, Winskill still believed his side would pull through.

“We had put a couple of decent balls into their area and we punished them,” he said.

New signing Jamie Clarke scored the opener and Winskill said: “I was pleased for Jamie. I think it will take a bit of time for the lads to get used to his style of play.

“He’s good with his back to goal and he’ll be a good foil for whoever plays with him.

“He’ll probably take a lot of the centre halves’ attention because of his presence, which may open up other possibilities for the other forwards.

“He’s a great character and great lad and he said the right things today when it was needed, which is what we have been missing.”