NEWCASTLE Benfield manager Anthony Woodhouse thought his outfit were unfortunate not to get at least a point out of Saturday’s Ebac Northern League first division clash against Ashington at Sam Smiths Park.
Woodhouse, who admitted that he wants his outfit to take a leaf out of the Colliers book in terms of togetherness, said: “In the first half we have gone behind after an individual mistake by our goalkeeper Andrew Grainger.
“He has come to punch a free kick, flapped and missed everything, and we haven’t covered around the mistake and conceded.”
Woodhouse also reflected on his side’s missed chances.
“Overall in the first half I thought we probably just shaded the better opportunities,” he said
“Stephen Young has rounded Ashington keeper Karl Dryden but put the ball into the side netting and Sam Norris has had a great run but his shot has hit Dryden and gone wide.
“At that point we would have been 2-0 up – then we have conceded which sums up the season so far.”
Woodhouse acknowledged the quality of Andrew Johnson’s blistering effort for the Colliers second goal from a free-kick.
He said: “Second half it was always going to be scrappy and it took a wonder goal from Johnson – which was a fantastic strike – to make our task more difficult.
“I can’t remember Ashington creating many chances, but there again we didn’t carve out a great deal ourselves.”
He added: “I’m naturally disappointed. Overall out of the game, and taking the mistakes away, I thought we should have possibly come away with a point as a minimum.
“Ashington are a great side and hopefully we can get a little bit of what they have got – which is fantastic togetherness on and off the field. It’s a standard setter for us.”