Ashington’s Dormand looking to cement a first team place

Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Ashington FC striker David Dormand is looking to cement his place in the team after taking his goals tally to five on Saturday with a brace in the Colliers’ impressive 4-0 victory over Newton Aycliffe at Moore Lane Park.

Cramlington-based Dormand – signed in mid September from Team Northumbria – was handed a place in the starting line-up and could have scored a second half hat-trick.

He netted goals in the 56th and 58th minutes then volleyed wide late on.

The 29-year-old Ashington-born forward said: “I think I’ve been due a start, so I was happy.

“Obviously playing alongside Ben Harmison and Lee McAndrew, we are three different types of players, Ben creates a lot with his head hence my first goal and Lee buzzes around so the boss got three varying options.

“I’m hoping to get more starts and also looking to score, that’s what centre forwards like to do.

“I have scored five goals so far without many minutes on the pitch, so it was good to get some time today.

“The pitch was heavy and I was cramping up near the end, but I was happy to get amongst the goals.

“For the first, Ben Harmison has flicked it across and I got in front of the defender and headed it in from close range, then for the second, I have just out muscled the defender and used a bit of strength and I was always going to have a shot.”

Dormand thought the whole team performed well.

“I thought we played well collectively, we pushed and pressed together,” he said.

“In the past we have sat off and let other people do the work, but today we were pushing in twos and threes, which was really good with the closest man going rather than relying on someone else to do it.”

Boss Steve Harmison was pleased Dormand came up trumps.

He said: “I’ve felt sorry for David, he came in when we needed a replacement for Damien Stevens, but although he can score goals, he is a different type of player.

“He had his first start against Newcastle Benfield but we didn’t think the system worked as well.

“I wouldn’t say our hand was forced today, but we have been saying for the last couple of weeks we need to get another player close to Ben Harmison, and with Andrew Bulford being injured, David got his chance.”

Harmison added: “David works tirelessly hard and anyone who has a 6ft 6ins centre forward who can play off his shoulder [Ben Harmison] and understand and anticipate well, will always have chances.

“Today he had three or four and scored two and I’m really pleased for him because, to be fair, he has been the easy one to leave out.”

Of the match itself, Harmison said: “It was a great result and one which will make the people in the north east sit up and take notice.

“Newton Aycliffe are a very good side, especially in their own back garden, and although their manager Peter Dixon would probably say that his team didn’t play as well as they would have liked too, I would counter that by saying we didn’t allow them too.

“I also thought we moved the ball very, very quickly and the decision making by the players was brilliant.

“I thought every one of my players was excellent and not many teams will come here and win 4-0.

“We restricted Newton Aycliffe to shooting from 20-25 yards, and although Conor [Grant] had a few saves to make, the efforts were from distance and that is testimony to our back four, whom I thought were outstanding.

“All in all it’s something of an understatement to say that coming here and winning 4-0 is a great result, but achieving the victory in the manner we did was so pleasing.”

The boss also had some encouraging words for full back Luke Salmon.

“Luke is learning what the Northern League is all about and playing alongside experienced centre halves is doing him the world of good,” he said.