Middleton impressed by Colliers’ cup performance

ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton was delighted with his outfit after they booked a semi-final place in the Northumberland Senior Cup with a 6-3 victory over Morpeth Town at Craik Park on Wednesday.

Following the win, he said: “I thought it was a very impressive performance.

“We made a fantastic start with some good attacking play from the team, especially the top three (Glen Taylor, Marc Walton and Andrew Johnson), but at 3-0 we took our foot off the pedal and let them back into it and we were a little bit disappointed with that.

“We got our fourth right on half-time with another great strike then scored another two before making substitutions.”

The Colliers boss praised Morpeth as they refused to throw in the towel – but also acknowledged the efforts of his own players.

“To be fair to Morpeth, they kept going and I knew they would,” he said.

“But for all we have conceded three goals, it’s a marvellous result for us against a good Ebac Northern League second division team who will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season and who have disposed of several first division clubs this season.

“All in all I’m extremely happy with the result, which takes our unbeaten sequence to seven matches.”

Three goals down in 13 minutes, Morpeth Town boss Nicky Gray admitted that his side had given themselves an uphill task – but hopes they will learn from it.

“To be fair, no matter who you are playing you cannot give away a three-goal start,” he said.

“Credit to Ashington but we began a bit flat and gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We kept going right until the end but I was disappointed in the manner in which we conceded the goals – and we have got to learn from it.

“If we do so, then we will be alright for the remainder of the season, but we have also got to be more consistent in our performances.

“Examining the first half tonight, we’ve got to look after the ball better; got to be bigger and braver and defend throughout the team and make it hard to concede.

“This was the sixth time we have played against an outfit who operate in a league above us and that was the first time where we have not competed with the opposition – we were second best tonight.”