Colliers’ boss steps up new striker search

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton has already stepped up his search to recruit a new striker in time for Saturday’s mouth-watering FA Cup tie against Blue Square Bet North high fliers Guiseley at Woodhorn Lane.

The move comes in the wake of losing Stephen Young who sustained a broken ankle in Saturday’s win over Jarrow Roofing.

Ironically, 24 hours after Johnny Wightman had left the Woodhorn Lane club to join South Shields, Young became the third Ashington player to be taken to hospital in the last three games, after Gareth Bainbridge dislocated his shoulder against Shildon and Darren Lough fractured his skull against Vauxhall Motors.

Boss Middleton said: “It is football and these things are going to happen – but you cannot get much more bad luck than having three major injuries in three weeks.

“We have got to get on with it but it will not be easy to bring someone in for Saturday.

“The problem with the FA Cup is that players we may consider could have already played and are consequently cup tied, or if we look to higher status clubs who have yet to play in the competition, they will not want to lose a player and get him cup tied.

“We also want to bring the right person in and it may well be that we have to go into Saturday’s game with the squad we already have.”