Brown philosophical as Ashington Colliers’ fixtures start stacking up

DAVID Brown was a proven goalscorer during his playing career – but the ex-striker, who has been manager of Ashington Colliers for 13 years, is unhappy about bagging his latest hat-trick.

Brown’s side occupy a mid-table berth in the premier division of the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance League but have recently been sidelined with postponements.

They have only played ten league games to date out of a programme of 30, with Saturday’s clash at Stocksfield the latest to be called off.

Brown, however, is philosophical about the situation.

“Out of the last five seasons, this is the third occasion where we have hit January and have not completed half of our league programme,” he said.

“There is not much you can do about the weather because it is out of your hands, but it’s disappointing and totally frustrating.

“The team get into a rhythm then it’s a stop-start situation, which is just as infuriating for management as well as for players and league officials.

“Last week the squad basically had an idea that the game at Stocksfield would be off when they trained on Wednesday, and if our match at home to Gateshead Rutherford on Saturday gets the go ahead, this will be only our second outing since November 24.”

Despite the lack of comeptitive action, Brown belives his side can kick on from their mid-table position.

“I’m quite happy with our league form because we are well placed with games in hand on clubs around us,” he said. “And if the attitude of the players is right, then we can go on and do really well.

“However, in the cup competitions, I’m very, very disappointed and especially a couple of weeks ago when we bowed out of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup to Blyth Isabella.

“I’m not taking anything away from them because they deserved it on the day, but my side needs to have a good, hard look at themselves.”

Meanwhile Brown – who heaped praise on the rest of his staff including assistant manager Tony Burgess, coach Ian Davison and physio Joanne Burton as well as main sponsor Anthony Hickey (Plant Hire based at Linton) – has taken delight in the progress made by some members of his squad, who have been registered and some who have been included in the senior squad in the Ebac Northern League.

“We believe it is partly our job to bring players on and prepare them for elevation into the first team,” he said.

“We get satisfaction from that and of the eight lads who have signed, Marc Heaman, Glenn Bolton, Joe Moscrop and Craig Towart have all been called up and tasted the experience of the game at a senior level.”