Bainbridge thought his strike was the winner

Ashington CFC's Gareth Bainbridge.
Ashington CFC's Gareth Bainbridge.

GARETH Bainbridge was convinced his goal against Sunderland RCA a quarter of an hour from time would be enough to see Ashington through to the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

The 26-year-old substitute put his side ahead eight minutes after coming on only for RCA keeper Neal Atkinson to level with virtually the last kick of the game.

Bainbridge said: “I definitely thought my goal was going to win it.

“There wasn’t really a great deal happening after I had scored, although RCA had a couple of shots I wasn’t worried.”

Bainbridge said the post-match atmosphere in the home dressing room was one of dejection.

“If we had drawn the game 0-0 then we would have said we hadn’t done enough, and similarly if we had won 1-0 then I don’t think anyone would have complained,” he said.

“But after being hit so late, it felt like a defeat. All the lads were dejected and it hurt.

“The only positive to come out of the game for us was that after losing 5-1 and 4-0 to RCA last season, it shows how far we have come in such a short period of time.”