After his side’s 1-1 draw at Ashington on Tuesday evening, Whitley Bay manager Marc Nash acknowledged that the result was a fair reflection of the contest against one of his former clubs.
“I always enjoy going back to Ashington and being my last club during my playing days I always look out for their results and I also consider the three lads in their management team as personal friends and their welcome is always first class. However, once the first ball was kicked that’s as far as the sentiment went. We were desperate to keep our unbeaten run going and I thought we were outstanding in the first half hour with both Kempster and Potter at the heart of everything. Kyle Patton had a great chance one-on-one but big brother Callum showed him the way with tidy finish. We deserved to be in front and we were a bit unlucky not to add to the scoreline. I felt that was a critical stage because Ashington seemed a little dispirited because of our dominance but we never capitalised and to be fair Ashington ended the half very strongly and we knew the threat they posed from set-pieces but they’ve managed to get back on terms from a silly foul we’ve given away. Second half was very different as nobody dominated possession and the longer it went on it became a bit like a basketball match with the teams counter attacking each other. Quite how we never managed to score from two late set-pieces is beyond me as we are talking inches but Ashington may also feel the same as they had a few crosses flashing across the goalmouth plus Tom has made a great save from Bulford. On reflection a draw is probably a fair result and I’m delighted our young team handled an aerial bombardment and they are not wilting under pressure. They are a very honest group and giving their all for the shirt which alone is pleasing to see!”