09 Oct 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey said his players were on the ‘crest of a wave’ after they had stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a merited 3-1 victory over Seaham Red Star at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
All of the goals came in the first half with Chris Youldon, Gez Richardson and Jack Butler on target for the Colliers with Dan Wilson notching for Seaham and Bowey said later: “We have got some good players in our squad - and it showed today. The first half was quite comfortable even if the equaliser for Seaham came as a bit of a shock. It was probably there first effort on goal and materialised after we had conceded a silly free kick with the lad (Kyle Oliver) whipping a good ball in. The work rate and effort from my lads was evident - they all wanted the ball and you could see the confidence shining through. We have a good group who are happy and very buoyant and we are on the crest of a wave after extending our unbeaten sequence to five games.”
He continued: “I was pleased to go in 3-1 up at half time and I said to the lads that if they kept a clean sheet second half, we would win the game - but they started a little bit sloppy. Seaham had a half chance but we rode it out and then we played a bit more direct with counter attacking football and the game was stretched. They (Seaham) stuck two up front but it was a sound performance from us because we limited them to little half chances really and in fairness we could have added more to our tally. The last 20 minutes was comfortable where we moved the ball around well and had a little bit of a swagger - which we haven’t done for a while - but that comes with winning games and having confidence. I thought Shaun Henderson was magnificent in midfield and even the substitutes contributed when they came on. However the most important thing for me was in us keeping a clean sheet second half. We didn’t go back out after the break thinking we had already won the game and credit to the lads for that. It was a great team performance and a much deserved win.”