13 Mar 2019 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ian Skinner thought a ‘Roy of the Rovers’ story was written for Jack Butler on Saturday when the youngster came into the squad at the 11th hour after Blyth Spartans match at Curzon Ashton had been called off.
Ashington’s interim boss said after Ryhope CW had completed a seasons double over the Colliers with a 2-1 win: “I thought the script was well and truly written before the game whereby it was going to be one of those where a player who wasn’t originally available for us and consequently wasn’t going to be in our squad then makes himself available; is selected and ends up being the hero of the hour. I had picked my squad but circumstances dictated that someone had to come out of that pool and it was a difficult decision. However, when you look at the balance that we need to win games of football, we were brave and so we put Jack (Butler) in the squad. We introduced him for the second half and I wondered ‘could it just be written in a fairytale type of story that a player who came into the squad late, goes on and makes a telling contribution? We saw some flashes of what Jack is all about - getting on the ball and running at people and causing them problems but he just turned into traffic or got caught in numbers around him. That’s why we thought if we could play him a little bit wider and get him isolated against players he would do some damage - but he didn’t quite get the break.”