Ashington FC’s assistant manager Perry Briggs pulled no punches in the wake of his side’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow Ebac Northern League first division side Newcastle Benfield on Saturday.
A seething Briggs, who admitted that the Colliers got what they deserved, said that the outfit will face a long hard season unless performances improve.
“At the end of the day it’s all about work rate and we never put that in,” he said.
“It was a one-off cup game and you’d think and hope that the lads would be up for it, but we were nowhere near.
“First half we were nowhere near Benfield either in the middle of the park and we tried to change the system to stop them from playing.
“Harsh words were said at half-time and I told the lads they had to be switched on for the first 15-20 minutes of the second half.
“But they went out and were very lazy allowing them (Benfield) to get got their noses in front, and after that we were chasing the game and consequently leaving gaps behind at the back.”
“We huffed and puffed as we tried to get something out of it but at the end of the day Benfield have had enough chances to finish us off and they deserved their win.”
Keeper Conor Grant escaped the wrath of Briggs as he said: “Conor was man of the match because he kept us in the game on numerous occasions.
“To be fair he has done that ever since he came to the club, but I just feel sorry for him that he should be in that position.”
And Briggs added bluntly: “We have got to improve because if we don’t it’s going to be a long hard season.”