WHITLEY Bay manager Ian Chandler blamed poor defending and failure to take chances as the main reasons behind his side’s defeat to Ashington on Saturday.
The Bay boss witnessed the end of an incredible 18-game winning run as the Colliers ran out 2-0 winners at Hillheads.
He said: “It was frustrating, but if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net it doesn’t matter how many chances you get.
“And that was our downfall, because we came out looking to get ourselves back in the game and left ourselves open at the back.
“We defended very poorly but it was the attacking end of the field where we didn’t really produce anything and I thought Ashington coped pretty well with us.”
The Colliers were the last side to beat the Seahorses before Saturday’s win – a 2-1 victory in the Northumberland Senior Cup on January 11.
And Chandler felt Saturday’s Northern League was almost identical to that match.
“The game was very much a carbon copy of our Sage Northumberland Senior Cup clash earlier in the season.
“The first half was pretty even.
“Phill Bell got his good goal reacting to Kyle Hayes’ fumble – whether the ball moved in the air I don’t know but Phill reacted first to score.
“Then the Ashington keeper saved three or four.
“We also had a couple of chances with Paul Chow somehow saving one off the line with his back.”
Chandler, pictured, believed the result could have been different on another day.
He added: “At 2-0 down I thought that if we got one back we may have gone on to get three, but again the keeper has saved three or four in the second half and Lee Kerr has hit the bar.
“On a another day it could have been different, a bit like the Senior Cup clash, but Ashington probably deserved the result.”