Praise for Colliers’ squad from their boss

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ASHINGTON Colliers boss David Brown has praised his playing squad following another competitive campaign.

Brown’s side finished in the top six of the Pinpoint Recruitment Northern Alliance premier division and recently lost to Seaton Delaval Amateurs in the final of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.

Brown said: “I’d like to thank the players for the past season.

“We ended up a creditable sixth in the league and were losing finalists in the same cup competition for a second season running, but we have just completed our fifth term in the premier division and are becoming an established club.

“We possibly underachieved when we could have done even better, but what people have got to remember is that these players come purely to play football and they have been a credit to Ashington CFC.”

Looking ahead to the next campaign, Brown admitted he is on the lookout to strengthen his squad.

“Steven Slaughter is rejoining us after having a year out working in Australia and ex-Ashington first teamer Stephen Hutchinson has also pledged to sign,” he said.

“Striker Marc Richardson should be fit for next season having returned in the closing weeks of the last campaign from a long term injury and I’m hoping to add defender Gary Bailes to the pool of players and to have Chris Willis – who signed from Alnwick at back end of last season – ready for the start.”