Bedlington Terriers manager Keith Perry thought Ashington’s experience was a key factor as the Colliers wrapped up a thoroughly deserved 3-0 derby win at Welfare Park on Monday.
However, Perry told his young fledglings that the defeat is part of a learning curve and they need to lift their heads following a second reverse in three days.
“Ashington deserved the win, they had more experience and the three goals were quality finishes,” said the Terriers boss.
He did feel, though, that his side had a good spell after Glen Taylor had put the visitors ahead, but was disappointed that the striker was then allowed to net a second with a free header.
He added: “I thought the first half was pretty even. They had the majority of the possession up to the first goal and went in front with a great strike with our keeper Sean McCafferty having no chance as the ball went in off the post.
“Then I thought we enjoyed probably our best spell of possession before we left Glen Taylor unmarked at the back post and he got his second.”
Perry admitted that the third by Marc Walton midway through the second period sealed Ashington’s win.
“Down 2-0 at half-time we kept going but then the third has killed us off,” he said.
“But credit to our lads, they battled away , and although the sending off of James Harmison was a bit silly, the game was already beyond us.”
He added: “I was pleased with the young lads, some of whom were playing in their first derby match.
“Their heads are down but they are part of a new team which we have put together.
“Ashington were like this two years ago and look where they are now.
“The result was disappointing for all concerned but it’s a learning curve for them and they need to get their heads up.”