Hixon belives RCA deserved a draw in FA Vase tie

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DESPONDENT Sunderland RCA boss Neil Hixon was adamant that the least his side deserved was a draw – after his outfit had gone out of this season FA Carlsberg Vase following a 2-1 reverse against Ashington at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

Hixon said afterwards: “I thought after we pulled it back to 2-1 with the penalty with ten minutes remaining that we could possibly get something. Ashington were dropping deeper and deeper and that’s why I put big Wayne (Henderson) on to try and affect things in Ashington’s box. I was disappointed in the result because I thought the least we deserved was a draw and I thought we would take them back to our place at Meadow Park – but unfortunately it was not to be.”

Hixon who had seen his side hammered 6-0 by the Wansbeck side the previous week, also believed his side were the better unit after they had gone behind to Andrew Johnson’s deflected free-kick: “I thought the first 15 minutes of the game Ashington dominated until we got to grips with them but from thereon in, we were the better side,” he said.

“We kept the ball well without really causing any threats and then we missed two or three gilt edged chances which would have changed the style of the game,” he added.

Defender Matty Grieve added the second for the Colliers after 36 minutes with Hixon left to reflect on another turning point: “The second goal was a killer blow,” he said, “it came at a time when we were so on top. We kept pressing and pressing and it was a bad goal to give away. In the second half, I thought we played well. Ashington had little spells when they were breaking because we were trying to push for goals but all in all I thought it was a good performance from ourselves and I’m disappointed that we have gone out.”