Middleton urges Ashington to be more ruthless

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton said after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Bishop Auckland that his side have got to be more ruthless in front of goal.

Middleton described the loss – the Colliers first in eight matches – as frustrating and disappointing.

But he also acknowledged that his side had missed gilt edged chances.

“I thought the game was pretty even throughout, but over the 90 minutes I thought we created by far the better openings,” he said.

“We’ve had four or five one-on-one opportunities and we’ve been through on goal, and I think when you are making that many chances, you’ve got to be taking them against the top teams – and I would class Bishop Auckland as being a top team.

“We need to be more ruthless in the last third.

“I don’t know how many times we hit the front man from a cross coming in, but the quality wasn’t there.

“We haven’t defended well for the goal and we’ve been caught by a sucker punch, and I’m bitterly disappointed because in a game that we didn’t look like losing, we’ve come away with nothing.

“I thought the first half was pretty even – there wasn’t much in the game and it was two teams with unbeaten records going for the points today – Bishops were unbeaten in six and us in seven.

“They hit the post but we created the better chances and it was both a frustrating and a disappointing day.”

Auckland manager Colin Myers admitted that his side had performed a smash and grab raid.

“I would have been delighted with a draw because there are not many teams going to come up here and get three points,” he said.

“I thought we had a couple of chances which we could possibly and should have taken earlier on to put our noses in front, especially the opportunity just before half-time.

“Ashington were on top for the last 20 minutes and on the face it was a bit of a smash and grab raid.”

Ashington defender or midfielder Louis Storey has joined Team Northumbria.