Players ‘buzzing’ with Ashington’s new appointments

Ashington midfielder Kyle Oliver watches on as his shot from 18 yards heads towards the Sunderland RCA net for the game's only goal. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington midfielder Kyle Oliver watches on as his shot from 18 yards heads towards the Sunderland RCA net for the game's only goal. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
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Kyle Oliver struck a stunning winner on Saturday as Ashington won a crucial tussle in their bid to climb away from the wrong end of the table against first division strugglers Sunderland RCA at Woodhorn Lane.

Now the rejuvenated 22-year-old midfielder believes the appointment of the new management team of Steve Harmison, Ian Skinner and Lee Anderson could see the club take off.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said after notching his fifth goal of the season.

“The lads are all buzzing with the appointments and I’m back enjoying my football and playing in a position where I think I am more effective.

“Ashington is a great club which I think is going to get even better and go places.”

Oliver’s strike on the hour proved decisive.

he said: “It was well worked. Kyle Downey has picked me out and I’ve seen the space, opened my body out and spotted the keeper a bit too far over to his right hand side so I’ve wrapped my foot around the ball and it’s gone in.”

Reflecting on the 90 minutes, Oliver added: “We looked solid from Conor Grant in goal to Marc Walton and Glen Taylor up front.

“We worked for each other and we gave each other plenty of encouragement, which was great to see.

“We had chances the same as RCA, but I thought we had that extra bit of quality on the day.

“I suppose after the hype which has gone on over the last week, the script was written for us.”

He continued: “We have had two home games in front of the fans who have been fantastic and I like the way the new management team have come in with different ideas.

“We have also got a new stadium to look forward too, but we have got to keep working hard.

“Without a doubt it’s onwards and upwards from here but from a personal angle, I couldn’t be happier.”

Boss Harmison gave the midfielder a pat on the back: “Since we came in here the one thing Kyle Oliver has done is what we have asked of him – to believe in his own ability and go forward and he was our match winner,” he said.

And Harmison could not praise his team enough: “I thought the lads were excellent. The pitch is a bit bobbly but we are trying to get across to the players that we want them to play with freedom and express themselves and play football.

“At the minute we have 13 fit players and two of them are goalkeepers, so we are mixing and matching in areas.

“But the one thing which the lads have shown is endeavour, energy and effort, and as long as that is there then we will be fine.

“I’m really pleased for the players because they have shown that they are prepared to work hard for each other and for the team.

“When you are struggling for numbers you are looking for characters to lead and I thought we had leaders out there.

“It was a massive three points for us. We have four hard games coming up, but I’ll still try to get them to believe in what they are doing.

“If we are compact, tight and together, we might spring a surprise.”