12 Jul 2018 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC’s Damien Stevens is facing a race against the clock to be fit for the start of the new Ebac Northern League season.
The striker landed awkwardly in the terrific 4-1 victory over Gretna in Scotland on Friday with X-rays confirming that he has broken his left arm. Manager Steve Bowey said: “Damo came off just before half time after falling on his forearm and elbow and went to hospital. He has broken his left arm, is in a sling and at this stage it looks as if he is going to be out for four to five weeks. He was on fire at Gretna and it is a massive blow for us.”
Reflecting on the win at Gretna he said: “I had a few drop outs before the game due to unavailabilities and injuries but we looked after the ball well and it was a proper team performance so naturally I was delighted. The pitch was hard and conditions were hot but the game was played in a competitive way.” Bowey was named amongst the substitutes and after coming on, netted the third goal: “It’s my 44th birthday on Tuesday and the goal – which was a header - was a perfect present,” he said, “I celebrated as if I had won the FA Cup because you don’t know when you are going to score again! Every game I play I want to win because it’s all about good habits. Pre season games are all about fitness, trying formations and having a look at triallists but the bottom line is I want to win football matches. The 4-1 scoreline suggests we were a lot better than them (Gretna) but it was a tough game. They narrowly lost 3-2 against Annan Athletic and we didn’t let them play. They are a very strong outfit who made eight or nine changes at half time and freshened everything up yet we got stronger as the game went on.”
He went on: “Matty Wade and Shaun Vipond came in to make their first appearances and I thought they were excellent whilst I’ll be speaking again this coming week to the four triallists who made great impressions. Overall, there was a good vibe to come out of workout. We have got a good set of lads who worked hard for the result - and they deserved it too.”