Ashington defender McGlen ready to play anywhere

Ashington defender Lance McGlen in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington defender Lance McGlen in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Defender Lance McGlen said he is happy to pull on an Ashington shirt irrespective of what position boss Gary Middleton asks him to play for the side.

The 20-year-old electrician/fitter – put through his paces along with his team-mates during a lunchtime training session on Saturday with the Colliers without a fixture – has played the last two matches at the heart of the defence.

“Since I was eight-years-old I have played at centre half and only switched to full back over the past three or four seasons, but it doesn’t really bother me where I play because I like both positions,” he said.

“Admittedly at right back you can get on the ball and get forward a lot more, but at the end of the day I’m just happy to pull on the shirt and be included in the team.”

Last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat at North Shields was a bitter pill for McGlen to swallow.

He said: “Losing 3-2 after being two-nil ahead is something which should not happen considering how well we had done in the first half.

“We came out a different team second half but we have got to stick together and battle through.”

As for Ashington’s away tie against Bishop Auckland in the third round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup, he said: “We have got some great players in the team and if we can combine that quality alongside hard work then we will give ourselves a chance.”