08 Nov 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC skipper David Edwards said after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat against Stockton Town in the second round of the Buildbase FA Vase, that the squad will stick together.
The Colliers made an appalling start with Fred Woodhouse giving the hosts the lead after only 80 seconds with fellow striker Michael Roberts adding a second with only eight minutes played. In the 26th minute, Roberts got his second and at the break, Stockton held a 3-0 lead.
Glenn Caygill netted on the hour for the Wansbeck outfit who then squandered chances before Nathan Mulligan put the seal on proceedings with a fourth for the Anchors quarter of an hour from time. Preston-born Edwards said afterwards: “I didn’t think it was a 4-1 game to be honest. They’ve had three chances in the first half and scored three goals and aside from that we’ve had much the better play, have passed the ball around quite nicely and created a lot of chances. On another day we could have scored three, four or five goals.”
Gosforth-based Edwards admitted that conceding two goals so early in the first half was a double body blow: “Without a doubt, it left us with a mountain to climb,” he added, “Stockton got to the final of the competition last year and we couldn’t afford to give them a two goal start inside ten minutes. It immediately put us on the back foot – and then they got a third. However, we stuck at it and didn’t allow our heads to drop. We kept trying to play and created chances. I’ve had an opportunity not long before half time and there were others as well and if we had got one back then it’s a different game. Likewise we were always going to push the last 20 minutes – only we hadn’t accounted for Nathan Mulligan’s worldy strike for their fourth.”
The 26 year old continued: “It’s a huge disappointment and more so as we have gone out of the three cup competitions within the space of ten days. But this is the best dressing room I’ve been involved with and the lads will stick together. We still have a lot to play for in the league. We have shown we can compete with - and beat - the best teams in the first division so we have just got to concentrate on that and finish the highest we can.”