Ashington’s new signings settling in well

Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton and his assistant Perry Briggs have diligently been working all hours over the past few weeks to bring in an influx of new players due to a wafer thin squad.

Defender Paul Jackson made his debut for the Colliers in the 1-0 midweek victory over Marske United on the same night when Kyle Downey was handed his first start.

Ben Christensen and Ryan McGorrigan are also new additions as well as Darren Lough, who has returned following a season in Iceland, which has swelled the ranks.

Twenty-six-year-old Christenson, who signed from Shildon last week, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to join the club.

“I haven’t played that much this season for Shildon.

“I started the campaign and played the first four or five games but then I’d been out of the team for a good five to six weeks, so it was good to get a game in on Saturday, although it will take a while for me to get up to speed.

“There were four or five teams in for me but I jumped at the chance to come to Ashington.

“They were my only choice and I made that clear to Shildon as well as Gary Middleton that that was the only place I wanted to go.”

Christensen, who works as a pastoral manager at Gosforth Junior High School, added: “It was a tough game against Aycliffe, who are a decent side, and I know Jamie Owens their centre forward from our time together at Shildon.

“He’s a handful and scores goals, but I thought we defended really well and worked hard.

“We got the three points and that’s all that mattered.”

McGorrigan, 20, said: “Ashington are a brilliant club. The set up is first class and they are doing very well this season.”

The former Newcastle United, Gateshead, Blyth and Whitley Bay striker added: “Ashington are going strong and the team are playing for each other and I was pleased when Gary (Middleton) came in for me.

“There are a lot of young players here and it’s a great opportunity for me.”

Colliers boss Middleton said: “Over the last six weeks it’s been a question of ‘how thin is our squad’ with injuries.

“We’ve recruited and players have returned from knocks whilst we are still waiting for Lance McGlen to recover from injury as well, but everything is looking more and more positive.

“The lads are playing for there shirts – and that’s what you want.”