11 Mar 2019 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC’s interim manager Ian Skinner admitted on Saturday that losing defensive lynchpin Wayne Buchanan on Saturday was a massive blow.
The Colliers went down 2-1 against Ryhope CW - but after Buchanan’s withdrawal due to personal circumstances, Skinner admitted that his club captain is so committed that he sometimes has to rein him in: “We had some good performances today but Wayne was a big miss,” he said afterwards, “I have to tell him to be careful, simply with the way he applies himself. He gives 100 per cent all the time even in training and I almost have to reel him in. He’s a massive player for us and we missed him today. Credit to Aidan Hutchinson who has come in for Wayne and who played his first game for a little while because he has done well. I also thought Tom Lycett grew in confidence and he has done that with every game which he has played. Tom looks a more and more accomplished defender and he’s getting used to playing at this level. ‘Keeper Conor Grant was steady when called upon and I thought Ben Sampson at right back was brilliant whilst Karl Ross covered every blade of grass for us both in and out of possession. They were certainly the shining lights to come out of the performance but we can’t be disappointed with the showing despite the result being frustrating. People will say ‘you played well but lost’ - and they are right but I would just like us to win. I was being greedy when I set us a target of taking eight points out of 12 in the four consecutive home games so we now need to win all three. It’s a tough ask but that is the aim – to win every game.”
Ashington face Whitley Bay on Saturday (March 16) and Skinner is poised to have a selection headache: “I think we had 19 players doing the warm up today,” he said, “Glenn Caygill was touch a go and I erred on the side of caution so he will come into the frame against the Seahorses whilst Paul Antony and Jake Turnbull are free from suspension and will be back in contention. Darlington called up young Sanny Lingthep today but he could be available for us again whilst Harry Newton had a bit of sickness this week so he will be back and we could be looking at having a pool of 21-22 players to pick from.”
He went on: “Some people have done themselves no harm today with their performances but we’ll see who comes through training. We’ll then sit down and focus on Whitley Bay but we have got competition for places which is what we want and the challenge to the players remains the same as last week – ‘perform or lose the shirt.’ That will continue for every game between now and the end of the season. We need people to show their hunger and desire plus the will and the want to come and play for this football club.”