Johnson urges all at Ashington to ‘stick together’

Ashington midfielder Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington midfielder Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson had called on everyone connected with the Woodhorn Lane club to stick together following the disappointing derby day defeat by Bedlington last week.

After the defeat Johnson had said the players were gutted with the 1-0 reverse.

He said: “Our midweek game against Consett and match at home to Marske on Saturday were both cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch, and although we have trained twice, believe me that derby defeat still hurts.

“Our attitudes on the day were wrong because we thought all we had to do was to turn up, but other factors were the windy conditions and the pitch.

“However, we all need to stick together.

“I said a few weeks ago that you cannot just be happy when you win or cannot get too low when you lose – you have got to stay on an even keel throughout the season and I stand by that view.

“I don’t think we should get carried away by the fact we hammered West Auckland and Celtic Nation recently, and I know we were dreadful against Bedlington, but we cannot win every game.

“We have a happy camp within the dressing room and although we were naturally all downhearted after the defeat against our local rivals, we are still fifth in the league and having a good season.”

On Saturday Ashington are at home to Billingham Synthonia then travel to Carlisle on Tuesday, February 25, to meet title aspirants Celtic Nation.