Brittain looking to play his part in moving Ashington forward

Ashington’s new signing Martin Brittain is hoping to play his part in helping the Woodhorn Lane outfit push on and continue their winning sequence.

Since putting pen to paper on his transfer from neighbours Bedlington Terriers, Brittain scored the second goal as the Colliers secured a 2-0 victory over Bishop Auckland in midweek then delivered an inch perfect cross for Glen Taylor to net Ashington’s fourth in the 4-3 win against Newton Aycliffe on Saturday.

Brittain, who celebrates his 29th birthday on December 29, said: “When I found out at training that Ashington had put seven days notice of approach in, I was over the moon and really interested because I felt as if I wanted a fresh start.

“Hopefully I am looking to continue what I have done all my career – to set up goals.

“I have always played out on the wing and one of my strengths is supplying crosses, which I showed today (at Newton Aycliffe) so hopefully I can bring goals to the team and maybe get a few myself.”

Brittain had a long association with Newcastle United from the age of nine which saw him make his debut as a substitute at the age of 19 against Valerenga in the UEFA Cup in 2004 when the late Sir Bobby Robson was manager.

And the midfielder had a message for the management team and supporters at Woodhorn Lane: “We have a lot to play for so hopefully we will push on and keep our winning sequence going.

“I am happy that I am not cup or FA Vase tied and it was a no brainer to come to Ashington as I live on the doorstep at Cramlington.”

Manager Gary Middleton said: “Martin is bringing vital experience and know how to the squad, as he has proved in the last two games, making a major impact by scoring at Bishop Auckland and making a telling contribution at Newton Aycliffe where he set up Glen Taylor’s second goal.

“Straight away he is giving us a different option to our game and his creativity is going to prove vital in the second part of the season.

“I’m delighted to have signed him. His distribution to open up teams and make passes and crosses will prove significant for the likes for Andrew Johnson, Marc Walton and Glen Taylor.”