Colliers in double transfer swoop

Bedlington Terriers FC.  Alex Benjamin
Bedlington Terriers FC. Alex Benjamin

Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton has bolstered his wafer-thin playing squad with the signings of Alex Benjamin and Chris Bell.

The Colliers, surely one of the most unfortunate clubs in non-league football for injuries, have already been hit this season, with Jonny Godsmark (broken leg), Phill Bell (broken foot) and Josh Gray (broken metatarsal) all recovering from serious knocks.

Consequently Middleton is delighted to have made the double swoop for Benjamin and Bell, with both newcomers expected to be in the squad for tomorrow’s Ebac Northern League first division clash against Durham City at Woodhorn Lane.

Middleton said: “Obviously, after losing Jonny, Phill and Josh, we were short of firepower up front and were relying heavily on Marc Walton and Gareth Bainbridge, with Andrew Johnson also adapting to playing up top.

“We have been on the lookout for a while, so when Alex became available, we made a move for him, and we have been chasing Bell for the last two seasons.

“Alex was second top goalscorer in the Northern League last year, and he needs little introduction. We know what he is about. We know he can score goals, and he was keen to return to our club.”

As for Bell, Middleton said: “Chris, who can operate anywhere down the right hand side or up front, did well when he played for Bishop Auckland against us last year, but he was a free agent in the summer.

“He is coming back from injury but is a top Northern League player who has a good pedigree, having also played for Shildon and Whitley Bay.”