Ashington manager’s thoughts with injured players

Ashington CFC's Stephen Young.
Ashington CFC's Stephen Young.
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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton was delighted with Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing of Jarrow Roofing which completed an extraordinary chain of events at Woodhorn Lane culminating in serious injuries to skipper and defender Darren Lough and striker Stephen Young, pictured.

Middleton said: “Any other time, I would have said we had had a great week – with our draw then replay win over Vauxhall Motors and today’s result – but obviously our thoughts are with Darren and Stephen.

“It was a tricky game against Jarrow because they can beat the teams at the top but can also be open to conceding goals on the other hand – and from our point of view it was a game like after the Lord Mayor’s show.

“As a manager you are trying to pick the lads up as they return to league business and hoping for three points, which we need to climb up the league.

“But in the back of their minds they are thinking of the last result at Vauxhall and the forthcoming game against Guiseley, and I thought the game started like that.

“We huffed and puffed and never really got close to them.

“We gave them too much time and they opened us up a few times and deservedly took the lead.

“Then we reacted to that to be fair to the lads and we got back with a great goal by Andy Dugdale.

“We said to the players at half-time they needed to raise their game – we were playing in second gear and needed to get into third or fourth.

“We did that it and went on and showed our quality I thought with some good goals, and it was nice to get a 5-1.

“On the other side of the coin after now losing Stephen Young, I am distraught with the luck we are having at the moment.”