ASHINGTON’S win over Whitley Bay on Tuesday night has had some of its gloss removed with the news that two players suffered long term injuries.
Striker Phill Bell suffered a broken ankle early in the 3-1 win at Hillheads while Josh Gray is now out with a broken metatarsal.
The pair join fellow Ashington long term injury victims Jonny Godsmark and Gareth Rees.
The news of the injuries certainly took the shine off one of the Colliers’ best displays since Gary Middleton, Neil Winskill and Richie Bond took over the management reins three years ago.
Manager Middleton’s was ecstatic immediately after the victory, but ithas now changed to one of disappointment and frustration.
He said: “Phill is possibly going to be out for two months and Josh for between six to eight weeks.
“It is clearly a frustrating situation. I thought the incident with Phill was an accident, but it was a poor challenge on Josh and we’re getting punished.
“We have already had to overcome the loss of Jonny Godsmark who has a broken leg and now the squad has been reduced even further.
“I should be talking about how good things are going with us being joint top of the league and only separated on goal difference from Darlington 1883, and that we are unbeaten in four games, but now I’ve got to try and bring players in because the squad is very light again.”
Luck has certainly been scarce at the Woodhorn Lane-based outfit in recent seasons.
In last year’s campaign they suffered three horrendous injuries to Gareth Bainbridge, Darren Lough and Stephen Young.