Storey makes big impression with the boss

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LOUIS Storey capped an impressive debut for Ashington on Saturday by coming off the bench to fire home the winner against Billingham Synthonia.

And the individual performance did not go un-noticed by boss Gary Middleton.

He said: “We have been really impressed with Louis and believe he has a big future with us.

“He came on as substitute in both our FA Cup ties against Sunderland RCA and has done a terrific job.

“Then he had an outstanding game down the right and popped up with the winner last weekend against Billingham Synthonia.

“We certainly have big hopes for the lad.”

Storey, released by Newcastle United under-18’s in the summer, said: “Obviously after the cup appearances, I wanted to start but when I got my chance to come on early against Billingham Synthonia, I thought it was a great opportunity to show the management just what I can do and I was more than happy with my performance.”

As for his winning strike, he added: “I scored in pre-season but it was fantastic to get my first goal under my belt in my first competitive match.

“I’m enjoying it at Ashington and all the lads have been great with me helping me to settle in.

“There is a great atmosphere around the club and hopefully there is even more to come from me.”

Meanwhile Middleton was happy to secure the win on Saturday.

“I thought it was a really pleasing three points,” he said.

“It was a tough week where we played two big cup games which were both hard and physically demanding, and today I thought we looked tired right the way through.”

Middleton admitted that Ashington’s showing was below what had been expected.

He added: “It wasn’t the performance we were looking for.

“You don’t always get both – a performance and the three points – and give Billingham their due, they kept coming at us and they could have had a few goals.”

The boss had wanted his side to up the tempo, as he added: “I thought the first half was even where both teams have created a few chances and in the second half there wasn’t much in it, but I thought we could have stepped the performance up.

“It was a game where we played in second gear, but take nothing away from them, they have got a threat in striker Andrew Jennings and they play a tricky system which we struggled to combat throughout the game.

“Overall I was happy to get the three points.”

Meanwhile striker Stephen Young has joined his former club Newcastle Benfield, defender Paul Buzzeo has been placed on the transfer list and Matty Grieve has been released.