Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison paid tribute to his squad on Tuesday night – even though they went down 4-3 against Guisborough at Woodhorn Lane.
Harmison said afterwards: “It was a very good end to end game. We worked very hard in the first 20 minutes to try and stop a good passing side from playing and I thought we did that very well.
“Guisborough are a very good side and have been consistently at the top endof the Northern League.
“We know how they play and we adopted the same game plan as we did last year when we won 1-0.
“We made a couple of mistake which cost us goals and that is typical.
“We also had another goal of the season contender scored against us tonight which is something which is becoming a regular occurrence to be fair but for my lads to keep coming back was testament to them – and I thought they worked really, really hard. The effort, endeavour and desire – all the ingredients to try and win the game were there.”
He continued: “It just shows that the poor results we got against Norton, Seaham and Sunderland RCA is costing us now because I’m really disappointed at losing tonight.
“The sad reality is that for all the effort and I cannot fault them apart from a couple for silly mistakes.
“We have lost tonight and I have never been in sport for anything other than winning. We struggled when we beat Durham and Bedlington yet get six points but when we have put loads of graft in against RCA and tonight against Guisborough we have picked up a single point. It’s just the way our season is going.”
He went on: “There were however, loads of positives signs – as well as a lot of tired bodies. Just how Dylan Williamson got through three quarters of the
game was amazing because he has been suffering from the ‘flu whilst Joe Race, James Harmison, Matty Grieve, Andrew Johnson and Kyle Downey are struggling with injuries whilst Scott Blandford has just returned to the fold after being out with a hamstring pull.”
Harmison takes his squad to Easington on Saturday in the FA Vase and he said: “I watched them in action and I was impressed with them in a good 0-0 game of football at
Team Northumbria. They worked tirelessly hard and we will have to be at our best to get anything.”