02 Mar 2020 in Post Match Interview
Photo: Celebrations following Lee Scott's goal which put Ashington 1-0 up. By Ian Brodie
LUKE: “WE THOROUGHLY DESERVED THE THREE POINTS”
By Brian Bennett
Stand in skipper David Luke thought Ashington were worthy winners at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday after they had wrapped up a 2-0 success over Northallerton Town.
With captain Curtis Coppen ruled out through working commitments, Luke again wore the armband which he had previously done at Stockton at the beginning of February: “To be honest, I thought we could have taken all three points in our last outing against Newcastle Benfield so we knew we had to win today,” said Newcastle-born Luke, who is a health and well being co-ordinator with Newcastle City Council, “It was another windy day but we won the toss so we switched it around having the wind first half – and we took advantage of it. In all fairness, Northallerton had a good spell for the first five to ten minutes as they pinned us in but after weathering that mini-storm, I thought we dominated throughout the remainder of the game and thoroughly deserved the three points. We worked hard both on and off the ball, including playing little combinations because passing is difficult in those conditions especially as the game wore on and the pitch started to cut up. There were some tired legs towards the end but I think when you are winning you have always got that extra bit of energy.”
Luke joined the Colliers in the summer from Ryton & Crawcrook Albion where he had won the Player of the Year award: “After signing for Ashington, I wasn’t involved much at the start of the campaign,” he said, “I wasn’t at my best but since I got into the side, I feel my form has improved with every game. My fitness levels are good now and I’m enjoying playing again.”
The responsibility of being captain is not a new role for Luke who has previously skippered at Durham, Team Northumbria and Ryton & Crawcrook: “It’s good leading the lads out,” he added, “We have got a young team at Ashington and even though I’m 26 years old, I still consider myself to be a youngster! I’m one of the more senior members of the squad and you’ve got to step up and try and help the younger lads.”