Middleton heaps praise on Colliers’ goalscorers

ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton singled out Tommy English and Jonny Godsmark for special praise after goals from the pair cemented a 2-0 win over Shildon at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

Middleton said: “We went one-nil up with a well worked goal and a great strike by Tommy English – and it was nice that the lad has come up trumps and got his first goal for the club because he was taking a bit of banter in the pre-match warm-up and all I said was that Tommy makes the goals for us.

“Jonny has come on as a substitute and caused Shildon all sorts of problems with his pace and also turning the defenders around, and his finish was exquisite.

“To be fair we had just said to him a minute before his goal ‘go and do it yourself Jonny’, because he is so unselfish.”

A delighted Middleton admitted that there was little to choose between the two sides in the first period.

“I thought it was a terrific three points against a very good Shildon team,” he said.

“We thought the best option was to get down the sides at Shildon so we asked the lads at half-time to try and carry that out, and they did.

“The way we want to play is by putting teams under pressure and pressing them from really high up the pitch.

“Shildon are a great footballing team and if you sit off them they can hurt you, but we got touch tight, got in their faces and when we got into the attacking third, caused them all sorts of problems.”

Middleton now wants his side to extend their unbeaten run until the end of the campaign.

He added: “We have asked the players to work really hard in the run-in and we are already reaping the rewards because we are winning games of football.

“It’s a great unbeaten run of six matches but we need to continue with it right the way until the end of the season.”