Ashington’s interim management pairing of David Brown and David Leightley cited a lack of character as being the catalyst as the Colliers went down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of title chasing Marske United on Saturday.
The pair were disappointed at the manner in which the Wansbeck side conceded two first half goals – but were more frustrated with their temporary charges in the second period.
“For the first 15 to 20 minutes of the first half, we thought the lads competed and worked relatively hard, even though Marske had a few chances,” they said.
“The first goal was a poor one to concede and then we gave them another just before half-time, which knocked the stuffing out of us.
“We have allowed Jamie Owens to run 25 yards across the pitch then strike it on his wrong foot.
“If you give players like that time you know what you are going to get.
“To be honest, I thought we backed off Owens, who troubled us all the time.
“You have to get around players like that and be strong and physical with them.
“At 2-0 down we said it was very important whoever scored the next goal and after Glen (Taylor) has missed an opportunity, five minutes later they extend their lead and it’s game over.
“Again it was poor defending due to a wrong decision made.
“However, there was no character from the players in the second half, which was more disappointing.”