GARY Middleton felt his Ashington side could have given more as he dissected his side’s defeat against Ebac Northern League first division leaders Darlington 1883 at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
A thoughtful Colliers boss said: “I just felt we could have given a little bit more in all departments to want to keep a clean sheet or to win the game, and the lads are of the same opinion.
“I don’t think Darlington keeper Mark Bell has had a save to make over the 90 minutes as we did not really show our positive attacking play which we have done of late.
“We were not overawed by them nor battered by them, and there wasn’t a great deal in it.
“We’ve just been edged out, that’s all.
“The lads have given a good account of themselves and we wanted something out of the game – but it was not to be.”
Middleton was disappointed with the goal which settled the outcome and thought his side could have recovered quicker.
“It was from our ball into the middle and they have hit us with David Dowson travelling a long way,” he said.
“We have been done on the rebound but I just felt we could have recovered quicker.
“I thought we started the game well and throughout the first half there wasn’t a great deal of opportunities for either side.
“I also thought we played Darlington very well and coped admirably and we just wanted to keep things tight.
“We opted to play a 4-4-2 formation like they do and the intention was to get the ball out wide to Jonny Godsmark and Andrew Johnson as much as possible – but to be fair that didn’t materialise as much as we wanted over the 90 minutes.
“Second half the game for me was much of a muchness, just as the first 45 minutes had panned out, and I have just said to the lads in the dressing room that there wasn’t a great deal in it.”