Harmison hopes FA Cup draw will kick start season

Defender James Harmison gives Ashington a half-time lead in their FA Cup match against Albion Sports. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.co.uk
Defender James Harmison gives Ashington a half-time lead in their FA Cup match against Albion Sports. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.co.uk

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison looked on as Dylan Williamson’s lethal late strike earned his side a replay in the FA Cup after a 2-2 draw against Albion Sports.

Now the boss hopes the late drama will see his side find some consistency.

“Hopefully this draw will kick start our season,” he said.

The boss admitted his side are not firing on all cylinders.

He added: “I thought first half after taking the lead on the stroke of the interval that we had a chance to ram home our advantage.

“We played with the wind in the first period, which was a bit of a factor, but haven’t been able to convert 45 minutes into a 90 minutes game and made things hard for ourselves again.

“We were the best team in the first half and then we stopped playing and doing the simple things, which consequently invited pressure onto our back four.

“We are conceding goals, but we defend as a team and we haven’t done that as a whole unit, which is disappointing and frustrating.

“We have got a draw so hopefully this result will kick start our season and give us belief.

“If we do the simple things well in the replay then we will give ourselves a very good chance of winning the game, but if we start feeling sorry for ourselves then it will be a difficult place to go.”

Harmison believed his side looked destined to go out when Albion stopper Jack Bentley kept out a late drive goal bound drive from James Harmison.

“We were lucky in the end to get a draw but we are still in it,” he said.

“I thought the chance had gone when the keeper saved from James.

“We had enough chances to win the game but I’m not going to be critical of players missing chances.

“It’s not about who makes mistakes, it’s about us playing well collectively to win a football match, and in three games so far we haven’t been good enough to do that.

“There has to be more to come from our lads, because at the minute we are just not firing.”