Sunderland RCA boss believes draw would have been fair result

Sunderland RCA boss Martin Swales acknowledged the quality of Kyle Oliver’s goal which won the game for Ashington in Saturday’s Ebac Northern League first division clash.

But the visitors’ boss was bitterly disappointed that his outfit left Woodhorn Lane empty handed.

“All in all I thought a draw would have been a fair result,” he said.

“Ashington are on a roll at the moment as they haven’t conceded in two games, but I thought it was a very tight game with not a great deal of football played.

“At half-time we were quite happy going in 0-0. Ashington started the game the better side bossing the first 15 to 20 minutes then we got into it a little bit.

“We like to get the ball down and play but the pitch wasn’t the best so we opted to try and get in behind the two centre halves.”

Swales thought the key moment of the contest came five minutes before Oliver’s goal,

He said: “The big decision of the game was the two handball appeals we had for penalties where we got neither.

“But to be fai,r Oliver has hit one from 20 yards which was originally going wide before it crept in and it was a great strike.

“Ashington pushed hard then we have done likewise and tossed the centre half up front in a bid for an equaliser.

“We tried to push on and the home goalkeeper has made a couple of good saves.”

Swales had consoling words for his players on their return to the dressing room.

“For the last 15 minutes I thought we had Ashington worried a little bit,” he said.

“I know Phil Airey has crashed one against the bar for Ashington late on, but I’ve said to the lads that you don’t get everything you expect in football.

“They have put a show on and worked hard, but we’ll regroup and go again because we are desperate for these points to get away from the wrong end of the league.”