Woodhouse leaves Ashington role after only a few weeks

Anthony Woodhouse.
Anthony Woodhouse.

ANTHONY Woodhouse resigned from his post as assistant manager at Ashington CFC last week to become the new boss of fellow Ebac Northern League first division outfit Newcastle Benfield.

Ironically, Woodhouse’s final involvement with the Colliers saw them defeat the Lions 3-0 at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night in a league fixture.

Woodhouse, who was previously in charge at North Shields, made the move late last week and made an immediate impression as his new side won 3-0 at Sunderland RCA on Saturday.

Woodhouse, 33, a leisure club manager, said: “Benfield is a huge club and I have a lot of friends and players there.

“It’s a challenge for me given their current league position because they are conceding goals for fun and not scoring enough.

“I know it looks as if I have jumped ship quickly from Ashington to Benfield – but it was never meant to be like that.

“I had planned a long stay, and apart from enjoying it and getting used to things, had made new friends.

“They have a great bunch at Ashington and they will be a successful club – and even in the three weeks I had been with them, I learned a lot from Gary Middleton, who deserves a massive pat on the back.

“The managerial role at Benfield doesn’t come around too often and when it does you have to act fast.

“I have grabbed the opportunity with both hands and feel I have a lot to offer.”

Ashington boss Middleton said: “I’m disappointed to lose Anthony, especially as he had only been with the club a short period, but he wanted to be a manager and we wish him well.”

Striker Marc Walton took his goals tally for the season to 19 after being on target twice in the 3-0 victory over Benfield in midweek with James Taylor also on the mark.

Meanwhile Ashington’s game at South Shields was postponed last weekend due to a waterlogged playing surface.

The Wansbeck side are at home to Consett on Saturday then travel to face Shildon on Wednesday, November 7.