21 Mar 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
A delighted Steve Bowey spoke afterwards about how his players deserved the plaudits which they got following Tuesday night’s deserved 3-1 victory over Sunderland RCA at Woodhorn Lane.
The Ashington manager saw his squad take to the field for the first time in over three weeks and he said: “It was good to get back onto the park again. Despite games being called off due to the weather, we have done a lot of training and hard work and it reflected by what we have achieved tonight.
It was definitely pleasing – for the players, the management team and supporters alike.” Bowey conceded that the Wearsiders edged the first 45 minutes: “I was disappointed first half,” he said, “I didn’t think we got started and they [RCA] probably shaded it. Although they didn’t create many chances, they posed more of an attacking threat up front and looked dangerous. Consequently, we gave our players a bit of a talking too at half time where we said some home truths about how we wanted to play and what we expected from them - and they took it on board magnificently.
I could just sense it within the first five minutes of the second half because we had the game between our teeth and looked a completely different outfit. Our fitness levels were excellent and the substitutions helped us as well with Jake [Turnbull] and Dylan [Williamson] having that little bit of pace. The two of them are lively - and with 60-70 minutes of the game played, opposition players don’t like to see that pace.
We could have scored more goals too because we created some great chances. We spurned two opportunities even before we got our noses in front at 2-1 and although some might say we were fortunate with Lee McAndrew’s goal - where it went through the ‘keeper’s legs - I said to the lads ‘if you don’t shoot you don’t score.’
We built on that and had four maybes five great chances whilst it was also pleasing to keep a clean sheet second half. We were solid and organised; looked good in an attacking sense - and overall the players deserved the plaudits which they got after the game. RCA’s results had been good of late including a 6-2 win over Whitley Bay last week.
They are always a hard team to play against and it was always going to be a difficult contest but I look at our team and squad and I fancy us against any opposition. That’s three wins out of three now and the lads are showing what they are capable of doing - but they have got to keep this high intensity and level of performance going until the end of the season.”
He went on: “During the bad weather, we didn’t miss any training and it showed tonight. It was a credit to the players and I reckon if you train hard then you will get your rewards. We are all in this together, helping each other out on the field, with talking and organising and in the second half, the work ethic showed we have got a good team spirit.
Things went in our favour tonight and I was really happy with the result.” *For Saturday’s trip to face Jarrow Roofing, Shaun Henderson remains sidelined through injury and Dylan Williamson is a doubt after tweaking his hamstring whilst midfielder David Edwards - and Bowey himself - could return to the squad.