Atkin desperate to win trophy for Ashington

Ashington CFC skipper Liam Atkin is upbeat, focused and positive ahead of the Northumberland Senior Cup final against Whitley Bay at St James’ Park on Wednesday, May 1.

He believes it is not only about time the Woodhorn Lane outfit won some silverware but also that they deserve too.

The 26-year-old said: “In our first season we got to two cup finals and lost them both, now it is about time we won something.

“And if we do get the right result then I think it would be well deserved.

“As a side we are good enough and have enough hunger and desire as well as lots of winners in the team.

“I can assure our supporters that we will do everything we can to claim the prize on offer.”

Whilst he remained confident, Atkin, however, is only too aware that the Seahorses are a ‘big game team’ and the Colliers will pay them ultimate respect.

“Bay are ruthless,” he said.

“Make no mistake about it, they are a big game team which they have proved to be over the past years with their success in the FA Vase.

“But it counts for nothing when we go head to head on Wednesday.”

Atkin would like nothing better than to see his team-mates replicate the performance which culminated in an outstanding 3-1 victory over Bay in August.

“We need a similar showing and we have more than enough confidence,” he said.

“We have got to be positive and bold, just like when we played them at Hillheads earlier in the season.”

Atkin paid tribute to the Colliers supporters and believes a trophy is of paramount importance.

He added: “I think the club needs to win something to take it to the next stage.

“In order to climb up the ladder and progress we need to win a cup for the club to move forward, then to build on it.

“The fans have been magnificent all season whilst on the pitch we have been brilliant in spurts and poor on other occasions.

“At Celtic Nation, the supporters were again fantastic and at St James’ Park on Wednesday, we need to get the right result – not just for ourselves but for everyone connected with the club in general.”