By Brian Bennett | Photo: Ian Brodie

Ashington FC skipper Ben Harmison scored his 18th goal of the season which gave his side a last-gasp win over Guisborough Town at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

And afterwards, Harmison – who netted with a header – was full of praise for his team mates: “We’ve got great character in the group,” he said, “We pushed and pushed and didn’t give up or think about taking a draw – and eventually we got the goal and the three points which we deserved.”

Harmison thought his side played some good football – but he was also left frustrated: “I was disappointed with our quality in the final third and the lads will be brutally honest and admit that it was very poor,” he said, “We just rushed things and lacked composure but in the last ten minutes we kept going and started putting some good balls into the box. We put pressure on and won the penalty and after stepping up to take it, Damo (Damen Mullen) was unlucky that the ‘keeper has parried it.”

However Ashington recycled the ball which led to Harmison’s winner: “Craig Spooner has put a great ball over to the far post because he had his back to us,” he said, “I’d like to think I’m quite hard to handle when I’ve got a run on the defenders – so I was pleased. Guisborough are a good team and they will beat a lot of teams but I thought we played some good football and moved the ball around. It was just in the final third where we were poor – and if we had been a bit better we could have scored a few more. It wasn’t until Paul Robinson came on and changed the game as he gave us width down the left hand side. Paul and Jordan Summerly were brilliant – they love linking up together – and they caused Guisborough loads of problems with two versus ones.”

He concluded: “We’ve got some tough fixtures coming up and we’ll continue to tick them off one by one.”