Draw was a fair result for Middleton

ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton was reasonably happy after his side had secured a point from a 2-2 draw against Penrith in Cumbria on Saturday.

The Woodhorn Lane boss saw his outfit come from behind to take a 2-1 lead – only to concede again before the break.

But Middleton – whose squad has been ravaged by injuries – said: “It was one of those games where we knew it was going to be difficult for us.

“Penrith were fighting for survival in the division and a few days earlier had earned a good result with a 4-4 draw against the league leaders West Auckland.

“They desperately needed the points in a bid to stay in the first division – and to be honest, the game rolled out the way I said it would because they had a right go at us.

“We didn’t start at all and conceded a really poor goal defensively within a minute.”

Middleton shuffled the pack just after the interval altering his formation.

“Five minutes into the second half I changed the shape switching to a 3-5-2 formation and I thought we looked better for it,” he said.

“Again we didn’t cause them too many problems but we had more of a hold in the game and created the best opportunity where Walton has spun his man and fired against the bar.”

Middleton gave praise to two players from Ashington Colliers – Simon Cunningham and Joe Moscrop – who were drafted into a depleted squad.

“The two lads did themselves credit,” said Middleton.

“Simon came on and played as a wing back whilst Joe slotted into a midfield role.”