School principal praises title winning football team

Former Newcastle United and England star Peter Beardsley present to championship trophy to Ashington High School Sports College captain Adam Bains.

Former Newcastle United and England star Peter Beardsley present to championship trophy to Ashington High School Sports College captain Adam Bains.

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The principal at an Ashington school has poured praise over their record-breaking football side.

The under-18s squad at Ashington High Sports College etched a new chapter in the history of the school recently when they won the Northumberland Schools FA League for the first time since the competition was formed more than 30 years ago.

Many other records have been broken along the way including scoring 68 league goals; reaching the last 16 of the ESFA National Cup and finishing runners-up in both the County Cup and the County seven-a-side tournament.

Callum Johnston set a new record after scoring 30 goals last term whilst skipper Adam Bains, who netted in 13 consecutive matches and who ended with a haul of 28 goals, also holds the all time Football Development scoring record with 52 goals from 2011 to present, surpassing Ross Jeffrey, who was on target with 38 goals from 2010-13.

Mr Kitching said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Ashington High School.

“The boys have been a credit to the school and their attitude throughout the season has been exemplary.

“A huge credit must also go to Marc Nash for his excellent commitment to school football at Ashington.”

Former Newcastle United and England striker Peter Beardsley made a surprise appearance at the Green Lane school last week to present the championship trophy to the team.

Meanwhile anyone wishing to enquire about the sixth form development programme at the school should contact Marc Nash on (01670) 812166.