04 Feb 2019 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC’s interim manager Ian Skinner has boosted his wafer-thin squad by signing four players – Brandon Morrison, Sanny Lingthep, Harry Stansfield and Tom Lycett - from Darlington FC.
Skinner revealed the details on Saturday when he said: “Basically I contacted a number of our local clubs to see if they could help us out because the squad was a little bit thin. I spoke to the Darlington manager Tommy Wright and he was great and I cannot speak highly enough of him. He mentioned a few names of lads who he wanted to have some game time - youngsters who had been travelling with the first team in recent weeks but who had been 16th 17th and 18th man and not really featuring. I wanted some competition for places at the top end of the pitch and Tommy (Wright) had two forwards I could take in Brandon Morrison and Sanny Lingthep whilst he also mentioned Harry Stansfield and Tom Lycett whom he was really keen for me to take as well. He said he would appreciate it if we took all four because we would be helping Darlington out as well as ourselves. The four lads trained with us on Thursday and looked good but it will be better to see them in a game. To coin a boxing phrase ‘sometimes you get good gym fighters but they are not very good ring fighters’. All four look like good gym fighters and hopefully when they get their opportunity to play in the team, they are good ring fighters as well! I’m pleased to get them in because it has boosted the morale in the camp.”
He continued: “I can foresee Brandon and Sanny going straight into the team because we are light in the attacking department whilst Harry and Tom might have to be a little bit more patient - but we will get them in as and when we can. All we have said to the boys is: ‘It’s a great opportunity for you all to get minutes and help with your development in what is a tough league whilst it’s a great opportunity for us to have a few new faces.”
The news of Ashington’s match against Stockton Town being called off last weekend did not come unexpected to interim manager Skinner: “If I’m honest I had an inkling when we got the bad weather earlier in the week that we would struggle to get the game on so I prepared for that a little bit,” he said, “On one hand it would have been nice to have played so as to get a reaction from the players following the 5-0 defeat against Whickham but on the other, it gives us a little bit longer to work with the newcomers on our way of playing and our way of thinking and for them to understand the roles and responsibilities which we are asking of them. It also gives them another session to get bedded in before they have to play as well.”
On Saturday (February 9), Ashington are on their travels at Ryhope CW (3pm kick-off). Midfielders Karl Ross and David Edwards are both ruled out but full back Jay Hornsby comes back into the reckoning after completing a couple of training sessions: “I’ll have 18 or 19 players to select from so we’ll have one or two decisions to make,” added Skinner who introduced the Quakers quartet:
Brandon Morrison: A centre forward who is a traditional target man. He’s a big strong boy, probably 6’ 2” tall who has a good physique on him, a good touch from what we saw in training. He holds the ball up and links the play well.
Sanny Lingthep: Has bags of pace. He has got a trick in him and loves to run with the ball and dribble and we might need to develop him as to when and where to dribble.
Harry Stansfield: Looks like a composed midfielder. Darlington manager Tommy Wright likened him to Manchester United’s Michael Carrick as he has a similar sort of stamp. Harry likes to get on the ball; find good areas and keeps it nice and simple.
Tom Lycett: Is a big centre back. Originally from Southampton and has been on trial at Leicester City as well.