Ashington keeper thanks fans for their patience during losing run

Ashington keeper Conor Grant. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington keeper Conor Grant. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Ashington goalkeeper Conor Grant has expressed his thanks for the patience shown by the Woodhorn Lane supporters and has declared success at the club will come “sooner rather than later”.

Ashington’s recent 3-2 victory over Sunderland RCA finally brought an end to a run of seven consecutive defeats during a spell where they recorded only one win in 12 games.

Whitehaven-born Grant, who is in his third season after joining the Colliers from neighbours Blyth Spartans, initially took to social media to make his comments on behalf of the players.

However, as he enjoyed a weekend off after his side’s scheduled Ebac Northern League first division clash at Guisborough was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged surface, the 26-year-old reiterated his thoughts.

He said: “The players have a group chat where we are in contact with each other. I just thought it was a good idea to say a few words to our fans after we brought a bad run to an end, and when I mentioned this to the lads, they agreed for me to go ahead and do it.

“When you lose seven games in a row, no one on the outside knows what is going on, so it was a message to explain to the fans where we are at and what we are thinking.

“The string of poor results didn’t do the club justice or were fair on the management team.

“Obviously we were not playing well, but it was fine margins all the time.

“We had earlier gone on an unbeaten run where things were finely balanced.”

Wallsend-based Grant continued: “Now we are hoping to kick on. We have got 12 league games left and looking ahead, our aim is to collect as many points as we can.

“Fans can genuinely give grief and turn on their club, but whilst our supporters have not had a lot to cheer about, they have been patient and recently applauded us off the field despite us losing 1-0 at home to Shildon because they appreciated the work rate and togetherness of the squad.”

Grant, who has played more than 100 games for the club, added that he has bought into what the management team of Steve Harmison, Ian Skinner and Lee Anderson are trying to achieve.

“I love the club and the people, and how the management team are looking at a long term project,” he said.

“Remember that over the last couple of seasons we have lost big players like Glen Taylor and Andrew Johnson, but the foundations are there to kick on and build and I reckon success will come sooner rather than later. I’m well on board.”

Meanwhile Grant is nurturing another aspect of his game – as stand-in skipper.

“When Craig Scott and Ben Christensen are not in the side I wear the captain’s armband and am growing to like it more,” he added.

“I try to bring an aura of calmness to the role.”

On Saturday, February 18 Ashington are without a game.

Conor Grant’s post on Ashington FC’s Facebook page following the victory over Sunderland RCA.

“On behalf of the players I would just like to thank everyone for their support as of late. Results have not been good enough but we appreciate the fans sticking by us. I’m sure a corner has been turned today! The club is going through a transition and has been for the last couple of seasons but the management team we have is really building something special here. However, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ so if you continue to stick with us as you have done then I’m sure we can repay you with success sooner rather than later! Thanks again and up the Colliers!”