Wisbech Town co-manager Dick Creasey thought his outfit were full value for their 2-1 victory over Ashington in the fourth round tie of the FA Carlsberg Vase at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
Creasey said: “Over the last three games we have been very poor but we prepared ourselves right to come up a long way up north and stayed overnight on Friday.
“The performance, against a very good Ashington side, was ten times better than what it has been.”
The boss was pleased with his side until they conceded an equaliser in first half stoppage time.
“I was very happy with the way we started the game,” he said.
“We played with a tempo and pressed Ashington high up the park – something which we had talked about – and I didn’t think we let the home side settle putting them on the back foot.
“We got the early goal but we were not happy with the one we conceded right on half-time.
“It was from a set piece and we should have marked better than what we did.”
Creasey praised referee Geoff Liddle after the Darlington-based official had awarded the penalty from which Tom James netted the winner.
“It was a definite spot kick and I thought the referee did very well,” he said.
“He let the play go on to see if anything would happen and when it didn’t he brought it back.
“To me it was a stonewall decision and he got it spot on.
“I thought overall we deserved to win the game and naturally we are delighted to go through.
“We have come 240 miles and it’s a long journey home for us – but one which we will enjoy.”