Ashington sign Novak from Whitley Bay

Ashington boss Gary Middleton moved in the transfer market last week to sign James Novak from neighbours Whitley Bay.

The 25-year-old full back – a lab technician at Formica who was with the Seahorses for a year and a half – made his debut on Saturday in the single goal defeat by Bedlington after coming on as substitute for the start of the second half.

Novak said: “I am happy to join Ashington and I’m looking forward to it.

“They are a good side who are well organised and I had no hesitation in signing for them.”