Seaham boss salutes his players after win at Ashington

Seaham boss Mark Collingwood gave his side the five-star treatment after they won 4-1 at Ashington on Saturday.

Collingwood said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the result. We’ve been playing some good football in recent weeks and after securing a good 3-0 result over Consett, we made progress in the FA Vase against Maltby Main.

“However, we let ourselves down in midweek against Newcastle Benfield and after such a disappointing display which culminated in a 4-0 home defeat, I asked the lads for a reaction, and to a man I thought they were fantastic today.

“They battled and ground that result out, played some good football and scored some super goals.”

Striker Ryan Noble grabbed a hat-trick and the boss thought his second goal was pivotal.

“We were against the wind it in the first half and it was a little bit sticky with the pitch cutting up,” he added.

“The wind was in our faces but to be fair we stuck at it.

“We knew if we could get in at half-time at the least on level terms that we stood a chance of winning.

“Luckily we got our noses in front again early in the second half and that’s what has dictated and swung the game in our favour.”

Collingwood heaped praise on three-goal Noble: “Ryan is a brilliant player,” he said.

“I’ve mentioned since day one that if I can get him back firing the way he should be there will not be a better centre forward in the Northern League, and that’s my honest opinion.

“I have put a lot of faith in him because he’s the only striker I have got at our club.

“I’ve released strikers this week including Dan Robinson and I’ve only got one fit forward on the books in Ryan.

“But I’m prepared to stick with him because I have got belief in him and he’s repaid that belief today with a perfect hat–trick – one with his right foot, one with his left and a cracking header.”