By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC skipper Craig Scott - whilst delighted that a ten-man Colliers side came away from Guisborough Town on Saturday with a point - was nevertheless disappointed that they failed to secure a victory.
Substitute Dale Pearson edged the Woodhorn Lane side ahead but Brian Close levelled six minutes from the end of normal time. For the third time in four games, the Wansbeck side were forced to play a portion of the game a man light after full back Luke Salmon saw red on the hour after a tussle with home winger Steve Roberts – and Scott believed the dismissal was crucial: “The lads are fairly disappointed to be honest because even when we went down to ten men, we still had chances,” he said afterwards, “In the first half we had enough to have gone ahead and as long as they [Guisborough] had an opportunity to stay in the game at 1-0 down, before getting back on terms, we are always going to be up against it. In my opinion we should have edged it - but the sending off changed the game and at the end of the day we’ll take a point.”
Scott – at the heart of the Colliers rearguard – acknowledged the leveller: “Fair play, it was a great cross and the guy [Brian Close] – who is a good header of the ball - has come in at the back post,” added the Newcastle-born lynchpin, “These things happen and it’s a one which we had to take.” Reflecting on his sides exit against Blyth AFC in the Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup on Wednesday, Scott said: “It was disappointing to go out and especially the manner of the defeat,” he said, “On a personal note I was also disappointed to be sent off and I apologised to the lads in the changing room.
I won the competition with Ashington in 2013 when we beat Whitley Bay 3-0 at St James’ Park and it would have been nice to have still been in the hat with an opportunity of making a return visit.”
Ashington are now out of all cup competitions and Scott admitted that the focus has to be on moving up the Ebac Northern League first division table: “We have got to regroup and look towards getting into the top half of the league and giving the supporters something to shout for,” he added, “The management team of Steve Bowey and Gareth McAlindon as well as the players are all on board with our target too.”