Ashington sign Stephenson and Ferrell to squad

Ashington FC have signed Tony Stephenson and Andy Ferrell to bolster their injury plagued squad.

Newcastle born Stephenson joined from Crook Town and made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Consett at Woodhorn Lane after coming on at the start of the second half for Glen Taylor.

And the 25-year-old had a hand in the late strike from Marc Walton which cemented the result. Stephenson, who includes Newcastle Benfield and Whitley Bay amongst his former outfits, said: “Ashington are a big club. I had a couple of offers but as soon as I heard the Colliers were interested I knew what my decision would be.”

“I should have scored on Saturday but I was nevertheless pleased I played a part in the second goal.

“We got the win which was more important and I was impressed by what I saw on the park.

“I already knew Ashington were a good side who were at the wrong end of the table and they have a good bunch of lads here, but we need to start to climb up the division.”

Boss Gary Middleton said: “Tony has got a good pedigree. He has played in Australia and scored goals at Newcastle Benfield and Whitley Bay last season.

“He went to Crook when Paul Bennett was manager and I’m delighted to get him on board because he will be a great addition to the team and will be a threat.

“He looked sharp today – and even then I don’t think he is match fit.”

Thirty-year old-Ferrell, who was in the full-time game for ten years with the likes of Newcastle United, Watford, Hereford, Kidderminster, York, Gateshead and Barrow, operates in a centre midfield role.

He said: “I’m happy to get back playing football and looking forward to helping the club to push up the table.

“One of my best friends is Ashington centre forward Marc Walton, and after meeting up with Gary Middleton I was happy to sign.

“I am very impressed by the fact the manager has put his faith in me and given me this opportunity.”

Middleton said: “Andy is a top player whom I have tried to get for a while and he will go straight into the squad for Tuesday’s game away to Whitley Bay.”