09 Jan 2018 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC player/manager Steve Bowey conceded that his outfit were not at their best in the 0-0 draw against Newton Aycliffe at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night – but handed out credit to the visitors and declared that he thought a draw was a fair result: “We weren’t at our best tonight but there were a couple of positives to come out of the game,” he said, “We kept a clean sheet and although we didn’t cause Newton Aycliffe too many problems, I’ll give them a little bit of credit because they are a dogged team, who sat deep and defended the box well and our ‘keeper Conor Grant has made some great saves.
I thought we had some good play where we got down the sides but over the 90 minutes I thought a draw was a fair result. However, looking at the bigger picture, I’m disappointed because we have got to be looking to take all three points against a team who are below us in the league table.” He continued: “It’s been a tough old Christmas with not a lot of football being played.
We have trained hard but tonight we just didn’t have enough quality in the final third to get that vital goal.” The nearest the Colliers came to finding the net was on the hour when a rasping drive from Luke Salmon left the angle of the post and crossbar shaking: “Luke struck it well to be fair and we had two lads closing in but the ball bounced over their heads,” added Bowey, “I thought David Edwards and Luke Salmon played well but overall there wasn’t enough plusses.
We dug in and had some good chances. Winning football matches revolves around fine margins and whilst I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points tonight at least we got one.” Looking ahead to Saturday’s tussle against Team Northumbria, Bowey said: “I think they are in a false position. They are down near the bottom but they are a full time outfit who are energetic and like to play football.
It’s going to be a big test for us both mentally and physically and a lot depends on how we recover from tonight’s performance. I’ll be looking at the squad to see if I can freshen things up and have got to pick a side which will cause them problems. We will be hoping to take something out of the game to get us back to where we want to be and although it’s an encounter we are capable of winning, it’s how we perform on the day. We are improving - but we are still learning and have got to get better.”
He went on: “Dale Pearson and Damien Stevens both came off the bench against Newton Aycliffe and I thought the latter looked lively. Lee Scott started tonight and got 65 minutes which was another good plus because he is a different type of player.”
Shaun Henderson will return to the squad following suspension whilst Bowey needs to assess the fitness of a handful of his players ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick off at Coach Lane.