A POINT apiece was a fair reflection of his team's Bostik League division north game against Barking, according to Witham Town boss Mark Ashford.

Both sides enjoyed spells in the ascendancy across the 90 minutes and while he was disappointed not to add another win to an impressive run of recent form, Ashford said he couldn't complain about how the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

He said: “We didn’t start the game that well even though we’d talked a lot about how we wanted the early spell to be, but I thought we got better as the half went on.

“The middle part of the game, particularly the first 20 minutes of the second half, we really started to play and some of the football we produced then was really good.

“We hit the crossbar twice in the game and on another day, you’d get a second goal and it’s game over.

“However, we didn’t get the second goal and they came much more into it.

“They put the pressure on in the last ten to 15 minutes and got a great goal, but then both goals were great strikes.

“Their centre-half (Joseph Bruce) put it in the top corner from 30 yards and you have to accept it sometimes, but we did allow the momentum to build leading up to that goal if I’m honest.

“We got the initiative in the second half and we blew ourselves out a bit trying to get the second goal.

“We just lost our way a bit.

“They changed things around with a bit more of a physical presence and went more direct, which lifted their energy levels.

“All credit to them, but on reflection – over 90 minutes – you’d probably say a draw was a fair result.

“There were chances for both but 1-1 was probably a fair reflection of the game.

“The problem is that when you’ve been 1-0 up with ten minutes to go, you want to see the game out.

“However, we finished strongly in the final six minutes and I thought we might nick it then but it is what it is.

“We’ve now taken four points off of Barking this year and it shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed with a draw."