A blast from the past for Lance

Ashington CFC's Lance McGlen.
Ashington CFC's Lance McGlen.

While he has filled in quite magnificently at centre back over the past five matches, Ashington CFC defender Lance McGlen is keen to revert back to his favoured position of full back.

And for now, McGlen could be experiencing a blast from the past.

For the Newcastle born and Westerhope- based 19-year-old works as a blaster and sprayer – and as he continues to do manager Gary Middleton a huge favour in switching positions.

McGlen is turning back the years to his earlier footballing career.

He said: “I’ve played centre back all my life apart from the past three years where I have been full back.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I don’t mind filling in the middle of the defence at the moment – but I want to revert to full back.”

The teenager, who joined the Colliers in the close season from Gateshead, has settled in well.

“I’m enjoying it here. There is no pressure and they are a good bunch of lads,” he added.

“Things are going along well and I hope we are able to keep our performances up.

“We had a bit of a shaky start but we have pulled ourselves together and have got used to each other.

“We have turned in some decent performances and have some good wins under our belts, but we need to keep it going.”

Manager Middleton was full of praise for McGlen.

“Lance is definitely not playing like a 19-year-old at this moment in time – his performances are more mature than that,” he said.

“We have asked him to do a job for us in the centre of defence and the lad has been honest enough and said he played there at Gateshead.

“He is happy enough to do a job in that department and his performances have been terrific.”