All about results for Ashington manager Harmison

Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison was delighted to see his side record their first victory of the month against basement club West Auckland on Saturday.

And he admitted that results rather than performances remain the priority in the current climate.

He said: “All in all I was very pleased with three points because when you are maybes struggling a little bit, it’s about results and not performances.

“I was happy with the second half work rate. We had earned the right to be in the game at half-time but we were feeling sorry for ourselves and we probably needed to work that little bit harder.

“I knew that if we did then the quality would come in the end.

“The West Auckland equaliser typified our season so far. Liam Atkin has made a mistake, but I will not criticise him for it because we ask the lads to play from the back, and possession was lost in the middle of the field from which they scored.

“The last couple of weeks we’ve had a couple of chances but we are hitting bars when a couple inches lower we are winning or drawing games.

“Things have not been going for us but that comes down to the whole club because if we look at the personnel who are missing, we have a very good side who are not playing and that is the scary part.”

He continued: “I have been saying the last two weeks that I’m not going to panic and I’m not going to bring people to the club who, when my big players come back, are then going to be surplus to requirements.

“I would rather give a couple of the kids a chance. I signed Ben (Harmison) as a back up to play centre half but he is a competent footballer and he gave us something different when he went on up front today.

“I thought Dylan Williamson was excellent again and goals for both Dylan and Andrew Johnson will do them the world of good.

“When you are in a bit of a run where things are not going for you, it’s not about how you play or feel good factors or anything.

“It’s about getting results because they will build confidence.

“I’m happy that I have got a talented bunch of players in there and it’s a shame that half of them are not fit.”

He went on: “West Auckland worked hard in the first half and that’s why they got their reward and their goal.

“Second half we upped our work rate and because of that we got those goals whilst the performances of Williamson and Joe Race bodes well for us going forward.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Easington in the FA Vase, Harmison said: “We probably need to bring two or three players in to compliment this group and we are trying to bring a centre forward and a centre midfielder in before Saturday.

“Hopefully James Harmison will be fit as well as I think we have missed his leadership, fighting desire and his heading ability, whilst we are keeping our fingers crossed that full back Paul Weldon will be OK too.

“Then all of a sudden we will go from having three subs in Lewis Robson, Ben Harmison and Scott Blandford, the latter who was 50-50 whether he was going to be fit today, to having a fully strong bench.”