09 Oct 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC’s Gez Richardson is eyeing a good run in this seasons Buildbase FA Vase. The Middlesbrough-born midfielder or striker - who joined the Woodhorn Lane set up from Team Northumbria following their withdrawal from the Ebac Northern League - netted his sixth goal of the campaign in the 3-1 league victory over Seaham Red Star at Woodhorn Lane at the weekend and acknowledges that the Colliers are in a rich vein of form as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Lancashire where they take on Nelson – members of the Hallmark Security North West Counties league first division North - in the first round of the Vase: “A cup run is really important confidence wise and hopefully we can go far in the competition,” said the 22 year old student, “It was a difficult start to the season by us because we weren’t getting results. We could have performed a lot better at both ends of the pitch really – but we are in decent form now. Personally, I’ve had a couple of niggling injuries and been forced to sit out a couple of weeks but I’ve come back into the side against Seaham today in a different role – but one which I played for Team Northumbria quite a lot. I’m comfortable in any position really across the front three but I’ll play anywhere and put a shift in and help the lads to get the points.”
After Seaham’s Dan Wilson had cancelled out Chris Youldon’s strike, Richardson edged the Colliers back in front: “I reacted quicker than the two defenders running in-between them,” he said, “The keeper has held back a bit and I’ve just seen the space in behind him and lifted the ball over him.” Heaton-based Richardson could have added a second with the last kick of the match on Saturday but missed a sitter and he said: “My legs were like lead. The ball came off the bar but that was no excuse, I should have scored.” Richardson who has settled in at Woodhorn Lane added: “I’m really enjoying it at Ashington. It’s a good set up and there is a good following with the fans who are very passionate. We are playing with a lot of confidence and you can tell with everyone chipping in with goals. We are a real threat against any opposition and know we can score two or three in every game.” Manager Steve Bowey said: “We tried Gez up front and credit to him. He held the ball up well and played as a proper number nine and won just about every header. Your centre forward is one of the most important players on the field and when he was performing and getting hold of the ball it was making the jobs of our midfielders and defenders that much easier because he was taking the sting out of the game. It also allowed us to move up the field and Gez got his rewards with a goal.”
If Saturday’s tie ends all square after 90 minutes, extra time will be played. If the game still remains undecided, the replay will take place at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday (October 16) with a 7.45pm kick off.