13 Aug 2019 in General News
SKINNER: “IT JUST FEELS AS IF EVERYBODY IS PULLING IN THE SAME DIRECTION”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner – having watched his side put an opening day 5-1 defeat at Hebburn behind them with back to back wins over West Auckland and Albion Sports - looked at the bigger picture and believes the club can ‘grow and flourish’ based on the harmony running though the corridors at Woodhorn Lane.
After a 2-1 victory in their Ebac Northern League first division clash at home to West Auckland in midweek, goals from Curtis Coppen and Karl Ross were enough to deliver a knockout punch against Yorkshire-based Albion Sports and book Skinner’s outfit a place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup against Marske United.
A delighted Skinner emerged from the dressing rooms and said: “We are all in it trying to pull in the same direction whether it be people serving food or working behind the bar; from the chairman all the way through to the committee; to the supporters and to the players and it looks at the minute like we have got a one club culture which is something we have tried to breed. Our newly formed Reserve side have played their first game today in the Northern Alliance Development Division and most of them have come back and watched the end of our game which is great. Weather permitting they will get to play here on Wednesday night (August 14) against Morpeth FC and for the first time in a little while – and without being disrespectful to anyone previously - it just feels as if everybody is pulling in the same direction. If that continues then this club can grow and flourish – and that’s what it needs to do.”