28 Oct 2020 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “WE’VE GOT TO STICK TOGETHER”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner said his side contributed to their own downfall as they went down 6-1 - their heaviest home defeat for ten years - against Hebburn Town at The dwmedia Stadium on Tuesday night.
Hornets star striker Cedwyn Scott helped himself to four goals with two coming from substitute Olly Martin whilst Ben Harmison’s excellent strike was a mere consolation: “It was a night to forget - but we’ve got to stick together,” said Skinner afterwards, “If the truth be known, I thought we started the game okay but went behind to a great strike and sometimes you’ve just got to admire a goal - and by the way the lad (Cedwyn Scott) is on fire at the moment with 18 (goals) in eight games. The second goal was poor defending and once again – like Saturday against Consett – we go in at the break 2-0 down and I talk about the next goal being important. There was then a crazy three minutes where we went 3-0 down then pulled one back through Ben Harmison but within a minute it’s 4-1 and with it the game has gone.”
He continued: “It’s then about playing for pride and working hard for each other and making sure the score stays respectable. We went down to ten men which is never easy against a good side like Hebburn - Consett showed how difficult it is to play against the top teams with ten men – and they (Hebburn) have done the same with the extra man, moving the ball well from side to side to exploit the wide areas and we’ve just had to try and stay in shape. We contributed to our own downfall in some respects by conceding poor goals and the sending off but all in all Hebburn were the better side.”
Ian concluded: "We have come along way in recent months however the last two games have showed us that we still have work to do, which we knew, however we will continue to work hard to keep improving."