Gowens dedicates cup win to legend Bobby Cummings

ASHINGTON Community Football Club manager Andy Gowens saw his side deservedly book their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 verdict over Ossett Albion at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

Then within minutes of the achievement, the boss dedicated the win to the late Bobby Cummings, who died last week.

"Bobby was an ex-New Hartley junior like myself and a former Ashington player and was a lovely man," said Gowens.

"He was a pure gentleman and I'd like to dedicate our win in his honour."

On the game itself, Gowens said: "I thought Ossett had the first five to ten minutes and put us under a bit of pressure but once we adapted to their 4-3-3 formation, we were fine.

"We had a few half chances before Gareth Bainbridge fired us in front and credit to our lads who I thought controlled the game.

"Ossett were always going to have a spell but we took the game to them.

"They came back at us after Alan Hogg had notched our second goal and they put us under the cosh – but we held on.

"Once they lost their shape – so did we but this was a great performance from every one of the players and I think it would have been a travesty had Ossett taken anything out of the game."

Ossett boss Eric Gilchrist said: "Obviously in the first half we were nowhere near where we would have liked to have been and it was the worst 45 minutes of football we have played certainly this season and probably for most of last season.

"In the second half we huffed and puffed but at the end of the day I thought we had enough chances to have got something out of the game – a replay at least – and we're hugely disappointed because we haven't turned up today.

"That's a pale shadow of the side which have played the early part of the season but I've got to say the Ashington lads gave everything and you can't take that away from them.

"We could have been in front after the first five minutes of the second half with a few chances but the keeper brought off a couple of real blinding saves.

"We had a spell of pressure and before you know it there's a break away and we're 2-0 down so we've contributed to our own downfall.

"We also had a couple of opportunities late on but if you don't take your chances then you get punished.

"However, we're just disappointed that we haven't performed as we know we can do."

Meanwhile the funeral of Bobby Cummings was being held this week.

"Cummings who played for Ashington in the 1950s and became the club's all time record goalscorer in a season with 60 strikes when the club finished runners-up to Peterborough in the Midland League moved on to play for Aberdeen, Newcastle, Darlington and Hartlepool.

He attended a reunion night at Ashington in January and Colliers chairman Ian Lavery said: "It was a fitting occasion that a minute's silence was held before Saturday's match with Ossett for a legend.

"Bobby was from a bygone era but he was remembered not only by the older generation but by the younger generation also.

"We send our thoughts and condolences to his family at this sad time."