Win over Tow Lane ends a good week for Ashington

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton paid tribute to his players after his side had handed out a six-goal hiding to Tow Law only days after the 2-1 Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final triumph against Whitley Bay.

Middleton said: “I thought it was always going to be a tricky fixture against Tow Law, especially with the way the wind was blowing right the way down the pitch, but nevertheless I thought we started off well.

“We made quite a few changes to the team from the last two matches with what has gone and what is coming up and we were on the front foot against a team who hadn’t played since November 18.

“We needed to put that fact into our favour and we’ve gone 3-0 up, with some good play and some good goals.

“It was disappointing to concede in the last few minutes at the end of the first half – we did have a warning where Karl (Dryden) has pulled off two great saves – and they’ve scored a good goal which just soured the first half.”

He continued: “Tow Law had the strong wind in the second half, which was difficult to get out of, but give the lads their due, we got the ball down and played some good stuff in patches and were worthy winners.

“I thought some of our play at times was very good yet we took our foot off the gas at other stages of the game.

“They scored one of those goals with the wind in the second half, which you cannot really defend against, but we looked comfortable and on the whole it was a good win at the end of a good week for Ashington CFC.”

Goals from Jonny Godsmark and Phill Bell – against his former team mates – was enough to earn Ashington a place in the Senior Cup semi-finals.

Although Whitley Bay pulled a late goal back, the Colliers were well worth their win at Hillheads.