Early impact the target for Ashington’s new signing

Ashington CFC's Paul Antony.
Ashington CFC's Paul Antony.

NEW signing Paul Antony is hoping to make an early impact and win the Ashington fans over after his sensational late goal for Newcastle Benfield gave them a 2-1 win against the Colliers at Sam Smiths Park towards the end of last season.

However, Antony, who has just turned 30, whilst acknowledging that his acrobatic scissors kick strike is the best goal of his career, has already pleaded to the Woodhorn Lane faithful not to expect a glut of similar efforts.

Antony, a progression manager, was with Carlisle United until he was 21 then served Newry Town in Northern Ireland, Gateshead, Team Northumbria and Benfield, the latter outfit where he spent five years.

He said: “Hopefully I’m going to be a big hit with the fans, but after the goal I scored against Ashington last season, which is probably the best I’ve ever netted, I hope they don’t expect it to happen on a regular basis as I am a deep lying midfielder.

“Ironically enough, Ashington dominated that game but Newcastle Benfield sneaked the win

“I had no hesitation in linking up with the Colliers because they have a good set up, an excellent coaching staff and great facilities.

“I already knew a few of the lads who sold me the club and they are an up and coming team who play football the right way and are heading in the right direction.”

Antony’s major goal with the start of the new campaign on the horizon is to help the Woodhorn Lane club in their quest for honours.

“Ashington had good runs last season in the two FA competitions and finished fifth in the table, but I’m looking for us to be challenging even more and to get some silverware,” he said.

“The Ebac Northern League first division is going to be as tough as it has ever been – and we need to kick on.”

Meanwhile the Wansbeck outfit begin a nine-match series of warm-up games this coming Saturday when they visit Heaton Stannington where kick-off is 2pm.

Ashington CFC’s full programme of pre-season friendlies is:

Saturday, Heaton Stannington (away 2pm); Friday, July 13, Morpeth Town (away 7pm); Tuesday, July 17, Blyth Spartans (home 7pm); Friday, July 20, Alnwick Town (away 7pm); Tuesday, July 24, West Allotment Celtic (home 7pm); Saturday, July 28, Whitley Bay ‘A’ (home 2pm); Wednesday, August 1, North Shields (away 7pm); Saturday, August 4, Gateshead Reserves (home 3pm); and Monday, August 6, Seaton Delaval Amateurs (home 7pm).