Dream debut for new Ashington signing Airey

New signing Phil Airey brought Ashington level with a well placed shot to score on his debut shortly after coming on as a sub. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
New signing Phil Airey brought Ashington level with a well placed shot to score on his debut shortly after coming on as a sub. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Phil Airey made a dream debut for his new club Ashington on Saturday and promised that he still has more to offer.

The Colliers made it back to back wins inside four days with a hard earned 2-1 victory over Penrith which came hard on the heels of a 3-1 success at Newcastle Benfield in midweek.

And 22-year-old Airey, formerly on the books at Newcastle United, scored within five minutes of being introduced as a substitute.

He then claimed an assist in what proved to be the winning goal when his drive was spilled by Cumbrians keeper Joshua Richardson with Glen Taylor ramming home the rebound.

“I’m over the moon to have joined Ashington,” said Airey.

“I should have signed for them last year but knocked them back.

“They are a club ten minutes from my home and it’s a pleasure to be able to link up with some ex-Newcastle United footballers including James Taylor.”

Airey looked sharp after coming on in the 56th minute but admits he still needs to build up his fitness.

“It was good to be involved on Saturday because I hadn’t played for four weeks and was consequently lacking in fitness,” he said.

“But that will come through training sessions and matches.

“I was over the moon to get on the score sheet and it was great that Glen Taylor was on hand to follow up for the second goal after the keeper had blocked my effort.”

Airey will now turn his attentions towards helping his new team-mates achieve a ‘goal’ of another sort – climbing the Ebac Northern League first division.

“It’s onwards and upwards as far as I am concerned,” he added.

“I have more to offer and they are a great set of lads.

“It was a great team performance on Saturday and hopefully there will be many more of the same to follow to get the club up the table.”

Boss Gary Middleton said: “Phil has got a good pedigree. He was at Newcastle United for four or five seasons but then lost his way when he came into non league football, although people spoke very highly of him at Blyth Spartans.

“We have told him he has a great opportunity with us, a club on his doorstep, and it’s down to him to make a good go of it.”