28 Jan 2018 in General News
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC’s new signing Jake Turnbull came off the bench and made an impression in the 2-2 draw with Guisborough Town on Saturday.
But for Cramlington-based Turnbull, it was his second debut in a black & white shirt, having initially played for the Colliers against Billingham Synthonia at the Central Avenue ground in 2012. Nevertheless, it was a whirlwind few days for the 24 year old as Heaton Stannington – in the promotion mix up in the Ebac Northern League’s second division - waived the seven days notice of approach from the Woodhorn Lane club which allowed the transfer to go through in time for him to be included in Steve Bowey’s squad on Saturday.
Ashington-born Turnbull said: “I’ve just returned from America where I have been studying for the past four years doing a degree under a soccer scholarship. I was playing for Heaton Stannington but I wanted to push on and play at a higher level. When I was 17, I played alongside Steve Bowey at Bedlington Terriers and knew Wayne Buchanan when I was training with Blyth Spartans - so it attracted me to come here. I’m delighted and I’m buzzing especially after getting on the pitch as a substitute for the last half an hour.”
Turnbull spoke highly of his former outfit: “Heaton Stannington are a great little club who get a good crowd but it’s another step up for me coming to Ashington and I’m very happy,” he said. Bowey commented: “I was delighted with the contribution from Jake today. He’s lively and got pace and will bring something different to the squad. He showed some glimpses of what he can do and will only get better. I’m indebted to the co-operation from Heaton Stannington which allowed the transfer to get done and dusted and Jake has just met up with the lads today [Saturday]. I’m looking forward to seeing what he is going to produce between from now until the end of the season.”