30 Dec 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey admitted that ‘four or five’ of his players under performed on Saturday after his side, who had secured their first win in 12 games the previous week with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland RCA, could not replicate the display and went down 3-1 against Stockton Town at the Coverall Stadium.
Trailing 2-0, midfielder Karl Ross netted his first goal in Ashington colours to pull the Colliers back into the contest but James Risbrough – who had scored twice in five minutes in the first period – completed his hat-trick for the Anchors on the hour to put the game beyond the Wansbeck outfit’s reach.
Bowey said afterwards: “It was disappointing especially coming off a great result against Sunderland RCA. I had to make one or two enforced changes but I thought we were still well equipped and started the game quite well. We kept the ball well and it was a sucker punch conceding two goals - which could have been prevented - in quick succession. We got back into the game with what was probably our first effort on goal and it came after great play. We strung a few passes together which was pleasing with the third man running from midfield and Karl Ross has planted a great header into the net.”
He continued: “Second half, the game became stretched, with players plugging gaps and we didn’t really get to grips with things. Again we started brightly and had a few good opportunities - but didn’t trouble their ‘keeper and the third goal killed the game as it then just fizzled away. Four or five of the lads weren’t quite at it today and when things aren’t going the way you want them too everyone needs to be on their game. We kept going - but it just wasn’t our day. I couldn’t fault the effort and work rate but we couldn’t find that bit of quality to unlock their defence.”
He went on: “Wayne Buchanan got some more minutes under his belt today and young Jamie Hanson also got time on the pitch so there were a couple of positives despite the result. We will dust ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves and move on to our home clash against North Shields on Saturday (January 5). We will have a couple of good training sessions and have got to keep focussed ahead of what is going to be another tough match and one which should attract a good crowd.”
He concluded: “A lot can change in a week. The previous Saturday we were on a massive high – now we are experiencing the other end of the scale.” For the contest against the Robins, defender Aidan Hutchinson returns to the squad whilst Gerard Richardson and Chris Youldon will have fitness tests ahead of the 3pm kick-off. However Jay Hornsby, Kyle Downey and Jake Turnbull are all ruled out.