Newcastle Benfield boss Steve Bowey finally broke his duck and tasted success at Ashington with a deserved 2-0 victory on Saturday.
Bowey, who has worn the colours of Newcastle Blue Star and Bedlington as well as his current outfit Benfield during his playing career, was delighted with the win.
“This is the first time in my career, whether playing or managing, that I have won a game at Ashington, so the old cliché of a new year with new beginnings rang true.
“Facing Ashington on their home patch is always difficult because they are always hard to beat.
“I can’t even remember drawing a game here before, so I’m a very happy man, and I thought the victory was fully deserved.”
Bowey’s only complaint in the first half was that his side only had the one goal to show for their efforts.
He added: “I thought we dominated the half and the only disappointing thing was that we didn’t go in at half-time maybe three or four goals up as we had some great opportunities.
“We pressed the game high up the field and got into some great positions, but when it is still 1-0, anything can happen in football.
“Second half we were solid at the back, which was a key factor.
“So far during the season we’ve been leading quite often at half-time and let other teams get into it, but today we were solid right through the back four and midfield.
“Credit to Ashington who kept going and plugging away. We had to dig in, but we also defended magnificently.
“We worked hard all over the field and every single player was superb.”
Bowey paid tribute to his two strikers, Dan Taylor and Paul Brayson, whose goals secured the points.
“Dan’s was a great finish and he worked extremely hard,” said Bowey.
“He had to come off with a sore knee but to be fair to him he could have scored another couple had it not been for the Ashington keeper Conor Grant who got out really sharp and made some good saves.
“The second goal was also a top finish by Brayson and justified the three points, but now we have got to kick on.”