Taylor determined for Ashington to end season on a high

A Newton Aycliffe defender puts in a high challenge from behind on Ashington's Brad Brooking. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
A Newton Aycliffe defender puts in a high challenge from behind on Ashington's Brad Brooking. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Newton Aycliffe boss Peter Dixon was delighted on Saturday after his side’s 2-1 win over Ashington had guaranteed them first division football next season.

He said: “My aim when I came to the club was to preserve their status, which we have achieved.

“It was important that we got a win because we didn’t want to get any favours off anyone else and have taken care of our own business, so I’m happy with that.”

On the match itself, Dixon said: “There wasn’t much football played because the wind spoilt it as a spectacle for both sides, but from our point of view, it wasn’t about playing football, it was about the points.

“Second half there were few chances and the goal we conceded was identical to the one at the same time last year when I was manager of West Auckland and we lost 1-0 to Sholing in the final of the FA Vase at Wembley.”

Dixon concentrated all his efforts from the dugout at Woodhorn Lane.

“I was oblivious of scores from elsewhere, I made a conscious decision that I didn’t want to know.

“At 1-1 I was still happy because a draw would have been OK for us, the win just made it even better.

“I’ve got a few youngsters in the ranks from the sixth form because one of my players is a PE teacher so it’s been a bit of a learning curve for me.”

Aycliffe sealed victory when Stuart Banks converted a late penalty and Dixon said: “From where I was, it looked like a penalty, but if it was then the goalkeeper [Conor Grant] should probably have been sent off.

“Had he not brought Jordan Laidler down it would have been a goal scoring opportunity.”

He added: “We wish Ashington all the best, they have brought a new management team in who have done wonders because I think they were more likely to go down than we were.

“Yes, we left it until our last game of the season, but we have secured safety and we are delighted.”