Max Emmerson - 07/03/2020

11 Mar 2020 in First Team

Max Emmerson - 07/03/2020 Max Emmerson - 07/03/2020


By Brian Bennett

Photo: Chris Chambers

It’s a favourite and well worn cliché of Ashington manager Ian Skinner that ‘hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’

So the boss will be delighted that one of his recent newcomers – midfielder Max Emmerson – has declared that he is putting every ounce of energy into his performances on the field. The 19 year old – a student at TyneMet College made his full debut – and was a bright spark – in Ashington’s fixture against Sunderland RCA last midweek.

He played his junior football for his hometown club North Shields and wore Whitley Bay’s colours before making the switch to Woodhorn Lane just before the turn of the year: “I’ve wanted to play at this standard for a while,” said Emmerson, “I’ve worked hard and I feel I am giving more than 100 per cent in every game. I need to show that I am good enough as well as fit enough - and over the past two games, I feel I have done that. I was more than pleased with my full debut against RCA – and also happy today against North Shields.”

Ashington leapfrogged over Seaham Red Star and Whitley Bay in the first division of the Ebac Northern League following Saturday’s results and the teenager added: “We are not conceding as many goals and are looking good defensively. Overall we have been energetic and have got good results over the past few games and our target has to be to keep climbing the league table.”

Manager Ian Skinner said: “Max is a player whom I have known for a while. He came through Newcastle United’s Academy and is a bit of an old fashioned box to box type of midfielder. He’s strong and hard to knock off the ball; is a strong runner with it but has also got a good range of passing. When I got the opportunity to sign him as he was looking for more regular football, he was certainly someone whom I was interested in. It’s taken Max a little while to get his opportunity and he’d be the first to admit that because he was away for a couple of weeks and also missed a bit of training then picked up a little bit of a foot injury playing college football. When we gave Max his debut, my assistant Paul Antony said that he deserved a start because he has been working hard in training – and in fairness to Max, we could not leave him out at North Shields after his impressive performance against RCA. Today he performed so well and I think he was right up there as being one of our star players and long may that continue. We have got Danny Anderson who hasn’t played for a couple of games now; Karl Ross who is doing fantastic for the Reserves and was one of our best players towards the back end of last season who is not quite getting in the squad; David Edwards who was in the team until a few weeks ago when he was unavailable through work commitments and who has struggled to get back in and Ben Sampson who was one of our best players against Northallerton – but who wasn’t available midweek. We have a nice core of probably 20 players and any permutation of 16 from those 20 would give us a relatively strong squad on the day - and that’s healthy for the club moving forward.”


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