By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC goalkeeper Conor Grant pulled no punches after the Colliers crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup with a 4-0 thumping by Sunderland Ryhope CA at Meadow Park on Saturday: “It just shows where we as a club are at the moment,” he said, “We need to win the battle and the fight first before we can do anything in games - and we didn’t do that today.
All credit to Sunderland RCA. We have played against better teams this season but we weren’t at the races.” Whitehaven-born Grant added: “It wasn’t complacency but to be fair I didn’t think we had as much energy as we have done recently. I know the rest period makes a difference and we played on Wednesday at Bishop Auckland – 24 hours after RCA had met Marske United - but I’m not making excuses. You have to deal with that throughout the season and today we weren’t good enough.” The 27 year old Wallsend-based stopper worked on various aspects of his own game during the summer and reckons he is feeling the benefits: “I’m happy with my start to the campaign,” he said, “I wasn’t last season but I did a few things during the summer and have started yoga - and feel five years younger! Overall, I feel I’m a little bit back to my old self.”