Ashington boss Steve Harmison delighted with signing Ben Richardson from North Shields

Ben Richardson made his Ashington debut in the home draw with Dunston UTS. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ben Richardson made his Ashington debut in the home draw with Dunston UTS. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison was delighted last week after signing Ben Richardson from neighbours North Shields.

Richardson – a member of the Robins FA Vase winning squad over Glossop North End in the final at Wembley two seasons ago – made his debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Dunston UTS.

And boss Harmison said afterwards that there is more to come from the 28 year old midfielder.

Carlisle-born Richardson said: “Joining Ashington is something different.

“I probably needed a change and a new challenge from North Shields.

“Playing at Wembley was an unbelievable experience. It was a great season leading up to the final but it was topped off with the win under the arch.

“Last year we won the Northumberland Senior Cup against Blyth Spartans and again it was a good season for the club to be fair but I thought now was the time to move on.”

Killingworth-based Richardson was happy with his debut in a black and white shirt: “I reckoned I had 60-70 minutes in the tank but thought I did really well for my first game,” he said,

“I just ran out of gas towards the end. We started badly against Dunston and we needed to do a bit more but in the end we could have nicked a win.

“I’m looking forward to my time at Ashington and hoping we can get into the top six.”

Boss Harmison said: “Ben is a great signing for Ashington FC. He is a fantastic player who hasn’t played for a while.

“He had an injury from the start of the season and we have got to make sure we get him in the right mindset and fit enough to start playing and dominating games.

“We saw glimpses of him today [on his debut against Dunston] where he showed some lovely touches.

“If Ashington FC want to get better then we need to sign players of the calibre of Ben.”

He added: “Leaving North Shields was always going to be difficult for Ben because he was instrumental in them winning the FA Vase at Wembley. When we get five or six games into him we will start to see the benefit of having him in our group.”