13 Mar 2017 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison is hoping his side can end the season on a high - after revealing strong words had reverberated around the dressing room walls over this past week. The Colliers away derby clash against Morpeth Town at Craik Park was called off in midweek only five minutes before kick off and the Woodhorn Lane outfit had no game on Saturday. However Harmison was still clearly fuming after the Wansbeck club came unstuck 1-0 in their last game away to Ebac Northern League West Allotment Celtic who are fighting against relegation. Harmison said he is “not exactly happy” with the club’s placing as they currently occupy a mid table berth - and is looking for a massive improvement: “I am not exactly happy with where Ashington FC are at this moment in time and it has gone on far too long,” he said, “It’s on my shoulders and on my step and before the Morpeth game which was consequently scrubbed, there were a lot of things said in the dressing room.” Harmison missed the defeat at West Allotment but said: “Irrespective of whether I was there or not we should not have lost against West Allotment Celtic - and that is no disrespect to them. I wasn’t happy from a club point of view, team point of view or the whole issue. On Saturday we addressed a few things and had a conversation to move things forward. We are now looking over our shoulders because where we are is not good enough for Ashington FC. We have had a week off which has allowed us to regroup because the players didn’t train on Wednesday when the game was off at Morpeth but they had a good training session on Saturday. We have got to put things in place to get ourselves into a position to get points on the board until now and the end of the season and take things from there - that’s the most important thing.” He continued: “First and foremost we have to become a unit again. The team spirit and the work ethic is great but when we play against teams in and around us, we are not beating them; then when we play against good sides, we are giving them a good game but losing. We receive pats on the back with people saying we should have got something out of it or won the game but that is nonsense. We should be picking up all three points against the sides around us and giving ourselves a bit of confidence to hold onto results. It’s frustrating for all of us and that’s what we addressed on Saturday.” After inspecting the pitch at Morpeth last week, Harmison had shuffed his pack: “It wasn’t going to suit Paul Antony or Ben Richardson so we picked a different team,” he said, “Ryan Bell wasn’t involved and Kyle Downey wasn’t risked either.” *Ashington face neighbours Whitley Bay on Tuesday night (March 14) then the Colliers travel to meet Dunston UTS on Saturday (March 18).