By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC joint manager Steve Harmison thought his side should have progressed in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup against Northallerton on Tuesday night. Instead, the Colliers 2-0 down in the first period, rallied to level through second half strikes from Callum Johnston and Ben Harmison – only to lose in the penalty shoot out which followed with the scores tied after 90 minutes.
Harmison said: “It’s a game we should have won. First half we were poor as was our attitude and we weren’t at the races. I expected our second half display in the first half and if we had then I’m sure we would have steamrollered that game. We didn’t perform to the best of our ability in the first period and we could easily have had two players sent off and consequently been down to nine men before half time.” He continued: “In the dressing room at the interval, Tom [Wade] said some things which were to the point but very accurate - and we had a reaction from the players without changing anything. Basically we made sure the lads understood that the first 45 minutes was not acceptable. Second half we could have scored five or six but we didn’t. It’s a long way to come midweek and we can make excuses or feel sorry for ourselves but at the end of the day over 90 minutes I thought we were the better side and had enough chances to win the game.” He went on: “After an hour, I thought Northallerton had used up all of their energy, run their race and were out on their feet but to be fair to them, they played some decent football in the first half. They are flying high in the second division and have got a really good chance of promotion.” He concluded: “No team wants a game to go to penalties but it is the best way to do it. You know what the format is at the start and credit to Northallerton who got themselves over the line.”