26 Nov 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Seasoned campaigner Lee McAndrew spoke on Saturday about the team spirit in the Ashington camp playing a significant role.
The winger turned wing back or full back who will celebrate his 34th birthday on Saturday when Dunston UTS are the visitors to Woodhorn Lane, said after the 3-3 draw against Bishop Auckland: “I thought the team spirit today was brilliant to be honest and it was evident that the lads are all playing as a team. I think the way things have gone at the club over the past few weeks, everyone seems to be sticking together a lot more and we have done well over the last three games. Don’t get me wrong – I think the team spirit has been there all season but I feel we have become more of a unit in the last three games. I thought we were really unlucky not to take something from the game against Hebburn Town in midweek (1-0 defeat) but we thoroughly deserved what was a great point today.” Longbenton-based McAndrew added: “I got two assists today. Young Mattie (Smith) has come off the bench and got us a free kick and I just whipped the ball across. To be fair I didn’t get a good connection – I shanked it - but Tony (Stephenson) has got a flick on it and it went into the far corner. Had I got a good connection, the ball probably wouldn’t have gone in!” The Colliers are out of all cup competitions and Ashington-born McAndrew, who is a civil servant, said: “With only league matches to play, it could be a long hard slog but we have just got to stick together and try to pick up as many points as possible. We have got some tough games coming up before the New Year but are all looking forward to them.”