26 Mar 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey could not hide his overall disappointment after his side had gone down to a 2-0 defeat against Jarrow Roofing on Saturday. The Colliers turned in rock bottom performance and Bowey – who had never previously tasted defeat at Jarrow’s Boldon CA Sports Ground - said that he could not take one positive out of the clash: “I’m bitterly disappointed to be honest,” he sighed, “We didn’t perform - it was as simple as that. I think the lads believed they had already cracked it with the way we have been playing of late being unbeaten in four games - but they didn’t show up today.
Give credit to Jarrow – they are in a relegation dogfight and wanted it more than us. We have some good footballers in our ranks but today we didn’t string three passes together. Overall – and I’ve just said this to the lads in the dressing room – there is not one Ashington player who got the better of whom they were playing against and you have to have at least seven or eight to win a game of football.”
After an awful first half display, Bowey was looking for a marked improvement after the interval – only it failed to materialise: “I was expecting us to step things up - simply because we couldn’t play any worse than we had done in the first period,” he added, “I still had that belief and inkling that we would get something out of the game - but we didn’t get going and to be honest, the second half performance was just as bad as the first.
Not one of my players got hold of the ball or dictated and there was no urgency from them whilst Jarrow’s margin of victory could have stretched to three or four [goals] in the end.” He went on: “It was a massive disappointment after Tuesday night’s victory and performance over Sunderland RCA and I think that is the first time where we haven’t created a good opportunity in 90 minutes of football.
You have got to try and take positives out of a game but there wasn’t one for us today. We have eight matches left and have got to dust ourselves down before we go again at home to Marske United on Saturday.
They [Marske] have lost to Stockton over two legs in the semi final of the Buildbase FA Vase and will be massively disappointed.” He concluded: “Obviously I’m hoping for a good result on Saturday – but looking for a performance as well. Ideally I’d like us to collect 15 points between now and the end of the season.”