Defender Buchanan ‘loving’ being back at Ashington

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Ashington FC lynchpin Wayne Buchanan says he is ‘loving every minute’ of his second spell with the Woodhorn Lane outfit.

Born in Banbridge, Co Down in Northern Ireland, the 34-year-old was originally signed for the Colliers by previous boss Gary Middleton then left to join fellow Ebac Northern League first division side Sunderland RCA.

However, he returned during the summer and has been in superb form at the heart of the Ashington defence.

“I loved my time at the club the last time round and after my return things have just continued,” he said.

“I should never have left in the first place but as a side we are now kicking on.

“Obviously at the start of the season we were putting everything together and the management team were getting the players in they wanted.

“We have a solid midfield now and that makes a difference.

“Obviously we have had a few hiccups in games and became a bit complacent, but now we know how to win games and hopefully we can keep that going.”

Buchanan looked back on the 2-2 draw with Marske United in midweek and the 3-2 victory over Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

“Marske are a good side and it was a good game of football, whilst today we were up against an outfit with good movement going forward.

“We needed to press hard and we did that. They had pace, which is a threat, but we have got that ourselves where we can put the ball in behind for Dan O’Reilly.

“Against Bishop Auckland we got a bit of a rocket at half-time as things weren’t good enough, but we have characters who can take it on-board and that’s a good sign.

“Bishops had a few chances but we did too, then once we got the equaliser to make it 2-2 we pushed on and the big man up front [Ben Harmison] was brilliant again.”