19 Sep 2021 in Post Match Interview
DOYLE: “I WAS PLEASED WITH MY DEBUT PERFORMANCE”
By Brian Bennett
New signing Liam Doyle is hoping to cement a regular place in Ashington’s starting line up – after scoring on his debut against Bishop Auckland on Saturday.
And Doyle – signed from fellow Ebac Northern League first division outfit Whickham - has done his chances no harm after making an impression in a cameo half hour appearance at the Voneus Broadband Stadium where the Colliers won 5-2.
The versatile 25 year old was naturally delighted at the final whistle and said: “It was the dream debut performance because as a substitute, when you come on, you want to make an impact and change the game - and I thought I did that. I’ve scored, helped to create other opportunities and chances and was pleased with my display.”
Newcastle-born Doyle was introduced with the Colliers 3-1 ahead and was involved within two minutes of coming onto the park, appearing to be in two minds whether to have a pot at goal - or cross for Dean Briggs: “It wasn’t a shot,” he said, “I tried to whip the ball across to Dean (Briggs) but it bobbled up and hit my foot wrong!”
However in the 81st minute, it was Doyle who increased Ashington’s lead to 4-2: “When Dean (Briggs) pulled the ball back, I saw a gap and just concentrated in keeping it (the ball) down and getting it on target,” he added, “Naturally I was delighted when it went in.”
Heaton-based Doyle came on for Whickham in their defeat against the Colliers only a fortnight beforehand in a contest which saw the Colliers 4-0 up at the interval: “I had seen pictures of the ground before I was involved with Whickham at Ashington but this was the first time I had actually been to The dwmedia Stadium,” he said, “I was in and out of the Whickham side and wasn’t getting a run of matches and I wanted more game time. I know some of the Ashington lads so I was aware of the set up - and I had no hesitation in signing.”
Ashington boss Ian Skinner said: “I knew all about Liam from his time at Monkseaton where he came through their football academy before going to America for four years - so he’s had a good football education. He’s a bright, fit and intelligent lad and is technically very good. He came on today at Bishop Auckland and Dean Briggs has rolled him in and Liam has taken his goal really well as well as offering us a little bit of solidity on that right hand side, in front of Ben (Sampson). I think he should be pleased with his contribution and it’ll be good to see more of him.”