Ashington keeper Grant believes all still to play for

Ashington keeper Conor Grant in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington keeper Conor Grant in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC goalkeeper Conor Grant said after another weekend of frustration that ‘there is still plenty to play for’ in the second half of the season.

The 25-year-old stopper is hoping that the enforced lay-off due to the bad weather will stir his team-mates into making it a season to remember.

Whitehaven-born Grant, forced to kick his heels last weekend after Ashington’s match against Whitley Bay had been postponed due to a waterlogged surface, said: “Going out of the FA Vase was a big blow, but the way I see things, we are in mid-table in the league and still in two cup competitions, so there is still plenty to play for.

“Our aim should be to look towards a top six finish and to win two trophies.”

Heaton-based Grant is also hoping that Ashington can revert back to being defensively sound.

“In general, we concede too many goals,” he said.

“When Steve Harmison took over as manager last season, we kept nine clean sheets in 15 games, but this term the figure is nothing like it should be and as a team we need more of a solid mentality.

“We have not been as good this term as we were last at grinding out results, so trying to instil that would be another bonus and the new year presents us with an opportunity to start afresh.”

Meanwhile Grant is hoping he has shrugged off a niggling groin strain.

He added: “If there is one consolation in our games being postponed, it is that it has given me the chance to get myself right and regain fitness.

“I had been struggling since October with a groin problem but I’ll be ready to go against Washington on Saturday.”