Middleton delighted with Ashington win over Consett

Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton punched the air in delight after his side’s 2-0 win over Consett at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

And afterwards the boss paid the ultimate compliment to his outfit.

“Over the 90 minutes it was an outstanding performance from the lads,” he said.

“We had a bit of a game plan knowing how they were going to play and it worked well.

“We pressed and pinched the ball and for the first goal Lance McGlen, who pinched it, has got on the end of the second phase and scored, so that was pleasing from a tactical point of view.

“I thought we played Consett very well first half as they had lots of pace up front in wide areas and that was going to be a threat to us for the whole game, but we nullified that for a lot of the time.

“Although there was not a lot in it, I thought we were well worth our one goal lead at half-time.”

And the boss was happy with the way his side performed as a unit after the break – and singled out central defenders Richard Flynn and Phil Lumsden.

He added: “Second half it was always going to be a case that they would throw everything at us, but what was pleasing was the way we stuck together and worked hard as an 11 for long periods of the game when they had good possession.

“Consett have got good players that can hurt you but some of the decision making and tackling in our defensive third from Flynn and Lumsden was outstanding, and I thought the two of them were superb today.”

He continued: “To cap it all, I wouldn’t say we have come stronger the last 15 minutes but have played on the counter attack and could have scored a couple more.

“Tony Stephenson has done great for 45 minutes in the second half with his work rate, and to be fair he should have scored, but he has made a contribution for the second goal with a great ball in.

“I am pleased for the lads in the dressing room because we haven’t had the best of luck this season, and again it has carried on today as Glen (Taylor) has suffered a facial injury and Lance (McGlen) has tweaked his hamstring.

“It was good to get over the line after a tough game against a good team.

“It was one of those when Stephenson missed that one-on-one with the keeper at 1-0, and as Consett were always going to have chances, you begin to wonder if it will come back to haunt you.

“But it was good to get a clean sheet and it was what we needed in what was a well deserved three points against a side who were previously unbeaten.”

Meanwhile, Middleton was mulling over who he will appoint as skipper at Hillheads on Tuesday when his side travel to face Whitley Bay – and hoping the jinx will finally have deserted the club.

So far this term, Andrew Johnson, James Taylor and Glen Taylor have all worn the captain’s armband – then been struck down by injury.

Johnson and James Taylor are both recovering from a broken toe and last weekend Glen Taylor was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital with a broken nose.