Doby relieved to make cup final team

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Andrew Dobby revealed at the weekend that the first thought which crossed his mind when he was injured in Ashington’s recent Ebac Northern League first division match against Norton & Stockton Ancients was being ruled out of the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

Dobby came through a late fitness test and played for over an hour as the Colliers bridged a gap of 33 years since they last won the Senior Cup and claimed their first piece of silverware for ten seasons after defeating the Whitley Bay 3-0 in front of a crowd of 1,559 at St James’ Park.

But 23-year-old Dobby, a schools programme co-ordinator for the Newcastle United Foundation, admitted that he had endured an anxious few days in the build up to last Wednesday’s clash after sustaining a facial injury against the Teesiders.

“There was damage to my eye socket and it came up quite badly,” he said.

“The swelling was big and after going to nearby Wansbeck General, I had an X-ray.

“The first thought I had was that I was going to be miss the final.

“I knew if I had a fracture then I’d be struggling, but after receiving feedback from the doctor, I felt a lot happier.

“Over the next four days the swelling went down, and although I was still in a lot of pain, I was delighted to be passed fit.

“I’m a Newcastle United fan and with my job, I see the pitch every day. Consequently, I was desperate to be involved because it was going to be a great occasion to play on St James’ Park.”

Left sided utility player Dobby, who was with the Newcastle United Academy for a six-year period up to the age of 16 and who is also a coach for the under tens section, added: “I reckon my best position is wing back, but over the years I’ve been stuck between playing as a wing back or full back.

“I’m a defensive minded winger rather than an attacking one and at Ashington I haven’t got a favoured role – I’m just happy to be involved and to be in the team.”

As for last weeks success in the Senior Cup, Dobby said: “It was a really good team performance – and the result reflected that.

“I, like everyone else connected with the club, was just delighted.”