31 Dec 2017 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey has reinstated an old footballing tradition as he looked ahead to 2018.
The former boss at Newcastle Benfield has announced a New Year’s resolution by targeting a top ten finish from his side in the first division of the Ebac Northern League.
Ashington who have exited all cup competitions, currently sit in eighth place in the table and Bowey, who took over the reins in October, is delighted with their current standing: “When I played earlier in my career, I set myself little targets – similar to a New Year’s resolution,” said Bowey, “For the last couple of years I haven’t done them but now this time round, I’ve announced one again.
Realistically I’m targeting a top ten finish in the league. At the moment we are eighth and I’m more than happy. If we achieve the top six then I’ll be ecstatic. I reckon there is still more to come from the lads and I’m sure they would say the same thing if they were asked.
With 17 games left we are approaching the business end of the season and there is a good vibe about the place.” On Saturday, the Colliers had their scheduled fixture away to Sunderland Ryhope CW called off due to a frozen pitch and Bowey said: “It was disappointing that the game fell foul of the weather because I was looking for a reaction from the lads following the 4-1 defeat by Morpeth Town on Boxing Day.” As things stand at the present, Ashington are without a fixture this weekend and are not in action again until Tuesday January 9 when they take on Newton Aycliffe at Woodhorn Lane: “There are no ‘gimmes’ in this league,” added Bowey, “Aycliffe are a tough hard working side but it’s a clash where we have got to look at taking three points against an outfit who are below us in the league.”
Skipper Craig Scott, Kyle Downey and David Edwards – who all missed the Morpeth game – should be fit to return to the squad.