29 Oct 2019 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner is looking for his side to bounce back when they travel to face Penrith at the Frenchfield Stadium on Saturday (November 2).
The Colliers – whose league fixture at home to Whickham last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged surface – went out of the Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup in midweek after losing a five goal thriller against local rivals Bedlington when Kevin Westphal scored a late goal for the Terriers.
On the night, Skinner handed debuts to Lee Scott and Kieran Brannen with another newcomer Ethan Biwer being thrust into the fray as a substitute during the second half. And Skinner pointed to the trio as being the only positives: “Ethan (Biwer) looked assured in front of the back four,” he said, “His positional play was good and he rarely gave the ball away whilst Lee Scott needs no introduction and scored with a typical header. Lee worked hard which he will always do but probably tired as the game went on because he hasn’t been playing on a regular basis. Kieran (Brannen) showed flashes of his ability – he’s technically very, very good but it was hard for him. He met the lads for the first time before the game and then played which is always difficult.”
For Saturday’s trip to Cumbria, the boss – who has also signed Marcus Giles from North Shields - will have to reckon without the suspended Curtis Coppen and David Luke but striker Callum Johnston is expected to return to the squad.