Colliers frustrated with seventh successive postponment

Ashington FC head coach Ian Skinner. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington FC head coach Ian Skinner. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington suffered a seventh consecutive postponement when their scheduled match against neighbours Whitley Bay on Saturday fell victim of the weather.

A dedicated band of half a dozen volunteers worked diligently for three hours on the Woodhorn Lane pitch but eventually had to concede defeat with local official Adam Nichol giving the thumbs down decision three hours before kick-off.

The club’s football secretary, Brian Robson, who along with Gavin Perry, Jonny Fitton, Dave Henderson, David Hart and Scott Robson saw their efforts ebb away as rain fell during the morning, said: “After resolving one issue down the touchline on the new stand side where we had put some sharp sand down to clear the problem, another developed in the penalty area nearest the old clubhouse.

“There was standing water in the goalmouth and we tried to do the same with the sand but it didn’t resolve the issue and coupled with the persistent rain, Adam was left with only one decision to make.

“Adam was in touch with the match referee Chris Keightley from Teesside and I was in touch with Derek Breakwell from Whitley Bay and consequently in view of all our efforts, we were all gutted that we were beaten in a desperate attempt to get the game on.

“It was hugely frustrating as the rest of the pitch was playable.”

Ashington head coach Ian Skinner praised the labours of the volunteers.

“We were frustrated – but we appreciated all the work which was done in a bid to make the pitch playable,” he said.

“However, with the weather it was circumstances beyond anyone’s control.

“The lads are still training three times a week and have managed to play practice games on the 3G all weather surface against Seaton Delaval Amateurs and Ashington Colliers to try to keep everyone match sharp.

“The players are at the point now where they are sick of training with no end product.

“We assess things for the Saturday then all work done in training goes out of window.

“It is an ongoing cycle of planning, desperately hoping to get some competitive action but at the moment the elements are beating us.

“The forecast for this week is not great but we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can return to action on Saturday (January 9) when we are at home to Washington.”

Utility player Scott Blandford remains sidelined with a knee injury whilst midfielder Dominic Schiavetta has joined Alnwick Town.

On Tuesday, January 12, the Colliers make the journey to face Marske United.