Mixed feelings for Middleton after Senior Cup semi-final draw

Gary Middleton said he was delighted yet disappointed after his side drew their Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final with Blyth Spartans.

The Ashington boss was said he was delighted to see his side return to something like their early season form in the 2-2 draw on Tuesday night, but he was disappointed after Dan Maguire had struck a late equaliser for the visitors.

And the Woodhorn Lane boss is cursing his side’s luck.

“I thought it was a pretty even game throughout and both teams had opportunities in the 90 minutes,” he said.

“Blyth are a good outfit but I thought my lads worked hard and as the game went on, we looked the more likely to score.

“Towards the end of normal time and at 1-1 the Blyth keeper (Conor Grant) has pulled off a great save from Andrew Johnson and we just need a little bit of luck to get us over the line at the moment.

“It’s just not going for us, but as far as character and desire are concerned, we got that in abundance from the players.

“I don’t think we could have done an awful lot more and over the two hours it was probably a fair result.”

He added: “I was happy, but when you are winning 2-1 with five minutes to go you expect that you are going to see the game out.

“The two goals we conceded were soft but, that’s the way things are going for us.

“The performance was more like us tonight, we had players who played well, all we need now is a bit of fortune.”