Ashington captain adamant tide will turn for his side

Ashington FC Captain Andrew Johnson in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington FC Captain Andrew Johnson in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson is convinced the tide will turn for a Colliers side which has tasted five defeats from there last six outings.

Saturday’s postponement against basement side Crook Town gave Johnson the opportunity to reflect on the campaign so far, which shows the Woodhorn Lane side in the bottom half of the table.

He said: “We cannot put our poor run of results down to bad luck. It’s been a frustrating season but we simply haven’t been good enough.

“I honestly believed we would have been up at the top of the league challenging for the title, but the table doesn’t lie and we are where we are for a reason so it’s a case of us having to roll our sleeves up.”

Ashington’s latest back to back defeats came on their travels at Jarrow Roofing and Newton Aycliffe.

“At Aycliffe we missed the chance to go ahead in the game then gave away cheap goals,” added the 27-year-old, who works as a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation.

“Unfortunately we were punished for individual mistakes at both Jarrow and Aycliffe, but I’m confident the tide will turn.”

On a snow covered surface in midweek, the Wansbeck side frittered away early chances in their contest with Newton Aycliffe then paid the penalty as the County Durham side took the lead in the 26th minute with a superb free kick by Jordan Laidler.

Two minutes from half-time Stuart Banks added the second from a spot kick, then the Colliers were caught on the break in the 72nd minute with Laidler again on target to wrap up a 3-0 win.

Meanwhile Ashington’s clash with Crook Town was called off with the Woodhorn Lane pitch unplayable due to overnight frost.

As a result, Colliers manager Gary Middleton and his assistant Perry Briggs put the players through a training session with the boss saying afterwards: “The morale and the atmosphere in the camp is good and bubbly, and if the players keep doing the right things then hopefully results will start to turn in our favour.”

On Saturday, January 24, Ashington are away to Billingham Synthonia, kick-off 3pm.