RESULT wise, Ashington’s 2-1 defeat by Shildon on Saturday may have been disappointing, but on a more positive note, the game signalled the end of separate ‘nightmares’ endured by Jonny Godsmark and Andrew Dobby as they were both included in the starting line-up following long term injuries.
Godsmark had been sidelined since the beginning of July when he suffered a fracture to his tibia in the Colliers’ first pre -season warm-up game of the campaign against Heaton Stannington at Grounsell Park.
And Dobby had limped off with ankle ligament damage near the end of Ashington’s goalless draw with Consett at Woodhorn Lane in early November.
Godsmark, 23, an apprentice engineer at a firm in Blyth, said: “My comeback has been a long time coming and I feel OK.
“I wouldn’t say I feel 100 per cent but I’m happy to be back.
“The last eight months have been a nightmare as far as I’ve concerned and the main thing is to get back fully fit.
“It’s been a long process and we are nearing the end now, but I’m happy that I played and could get 70 minutes in what was my first start.
“I felt okay before the game and said I’d give it as long as I could because a bit of match time was what I needed.
“Hopefully I’ll work a bit more during the week and see how things go from there.”
Dobby said: “I tore my ankle ligaments quite badly and have been out for three months.
“Today in my comeback match, I started well but the last 20 minutes was a struggle.
“It was hard work, but that’s what is expected, I suppose.”
Dobby, 23, a schools programme co-ordinator for the Newcastle United Foundation, added: “I was happy to get back but disappointed with the result, especially as things were looking good at half-time.
“I was pleased with my own performance in general and now I can hopefully push on to get sharper and better.”