By Brian Bennett
Michael Chilton made his debut for Ashington in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Dunston UTS at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday. The proven goal scorer pen to paper last week signing from neighbours Morpeth Town where he won an FA Vase winners medal in 2016.
The 37 year old Newcastle-born striker said: “I came up to the ground [at Ashington] to have a look around and decided I wanted to sign straight away. There were a couple of other clubs I could have gone too but I made my mind up to come to Woodhorn Lane. I played against Ashington earlier in the season and they are a good organised side.” Denton Burn-based Chilton, a shipping clerk, firmly believes he will continue to find the net once his sharpness has returned: “I had a couple of chances today where I might have scored but it was only my second start of the season and my first full 90 minutes,” he added, “I think my sharpness will return with a few more matches under my belt and hopefully I’ll get a few goals. For the chance in the first half today, I did everything I wanted to do and the ‘keeper has flicked his leg out and saved it. I thought I hit the ball right and aimed for the corner but he got a little toe to it.” Chilton ranks winning the Vase with Morpeth as his greatest feat: “It is my best achievement in football,” he said, “I won the first division of the Northern League with Newcastle Benfield when Tom Wade was there but I think the Vase pips it because playing at Wembley is a dream come true. The pitch, the size of the stadium plus the fact it was beamed out live on television made it a great and unforgettable experience.” Ashington FC joint manager Steve Harmison said: “We signed Michael because we are looking for a goalscorer to play off Ben [Harmison]. Ben will create chances in and around the box and striker wise, I don’t think there has been many better in the Northern League than Michael. He wasn’t getting a game at Morpeth and hasn’t played much football recently and it was good to get 90 minutes into him today. Ideally, we wanted to play him for an hour maximum but went you are losing the game you have to keep a goal scorer on the pitch and it was a shame that he came into a match where we didn’t show what we have done over the last five or six games.” He continued: “It’s great to have Michael on board. He has played with a lot of the players who are here and is someone who if we give him chances, will score goals.”