Walton and Taylor impress in Ashington debuts

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton bolstered his squad over the festive period with the signing of two new strikers.

Having already swooped recently in the transfer market to bring Tommy English to Woodhorn Lane from neighbours Bedlington Terriers, Middleton has now added Dan Taylor and Marc Walton to his front line.

Taylor, on an initial one-month loan deal from Newcastle United, marked an eye-catching debut with two second half goals in the 4-2 Boxing Day derby victory over Bedlington – although he missed out through injury against Norton & Stockton Ancients on Bank Holiday Monday.

And fellow newcomer Walton also crowned an impressive first start with Ashington’s crucial second goal in the eventual 3-1 win over the Teesiders.

Middleton said: “They are two terrific signings and we are thrilled to bits.

“Taylor looked outstanding against Bedlington and it’s disappointing that he has had to miss out this week.

“Marc is an experienced striker who has scored goals season after season in the Northern League.

“He’s a player we have been after for a while and when he became disillusioned at Consett, we acted on it.

“Marc gives us another bit of fire power and another choice up front.”

Newcastle born Taylor, 18, who is based at Whitley Bay, said: “I think it is going to be a good experience for me.

“After only 90 minutes at this level, the game is more physical and you have got to be more clever.

“I’ve been impressed though and I’ve joined a good set of lads, but I felt a bit more comfortable already knowing the likes of Darren Lough, Jonny Godsmark, Matty Grieve and James Taylor who were all previously at Newcastle United.”

Taylor, currently nursing a hamstring problem, added: “My debut at Bedlington could not have gone better and I was really chuffed with the two headers for my goals.

“Hopefully it will not be too long before I’m back to full fitness.”

Walton, 24, who works for Newcastle City Council, said: “The move came a bit out of the blue. I was not happy at Consett so I thought a switch was best for me.

“I’ve been very impressed and the training is excellent.

“They are a great set of lads in the dressing room and they have played some good football against Norton so I’m looking forward to my time here.

“I was happy with my performance today – it was a great start.”