Winskill pleased with point against West Auckland

ASHINGTON assistant manager Neil Winskill thought Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Auckland was a fair result.

While pleased with the first half showing, he felt chances were missed to put the game beyond the visitors.

He said: “I was happy with our first half performance – I thought we were superb.

“We created loads of chances but didn’t take them all and West Auckland pinched a goal which made things interesting at 2-1.”

Winskill asked his players for a similar showing after the break but admitted that the windy conditions made life difficult.

“We spoke at half-time about trying to get somewhere near the same level again, but the conditions were tough and West had also got that goal just before half-time which perked them up.

“We found the first half hour of the second half really difficult, but I said to the lads that most teams who lose a two-goal lead would then fold, but they kept going and got an equaliser, which I think on the balance of play we probably deserved.

“I was really excited by the first half but there are issues we need to sort from our second half display.”

Winskill was buzzing at the way Ashington hit West on the break.

“I thought after Monday’s 4-0 defeat at Bedlington, where we never really got going at any point and were second best for most of the game although we created chances, that we didn’t pass the ball the way we can nor open them up the way we can,” he said.

“But I thought the way we moved the ball quickly and hit them on the break was really exciting, although it’s difficult to maintain that for the whole of the 90 minutes.

“At times you are going to have to defend and we had to do just that for a long period.”

Winskill is convinced the Durham outfit will be in the top bracket of the league come the end of the season – and was pleased the Colliers avoided suffering a second successive defeat.

“Looking at the game as a neutral I thought we were the better team first half and West the second,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for the West Auckland team. They are very different to us but in the top two (Mattie Moffat and John Campbell), they have two lads who can cause problems – and they did.

“We were missing skipper Liam Atkin, which was the loss of a bit of experience – and all in all, from 3-2 down to get back on terms I’m pleased with a point.”