By Brian Bennett

Morgan Dart says he is ‘excited’ about joining Ashington after signing on the dotted line last week.

The 22 year old said: “We have got some very good players and coaches here and I’m excited. I want to be playing at as high a level as I can and with better players so this will be a great step up for me.”

South Shields-born Dart came on as a substitute in the closing stages against North Ferriby on Saturday – and had a one on one chance within 30 seconds: “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the ball to come through so soon,” he said, “Kyle Errington has clipped it; the defender has mishit it and I just went through. The ‘keeper has made a good save but we got a goal from the corner so that was the main thing.”

Dart had earlier looked on as Ashington ripped North Ferriby to shreds after the break – and reckons he hasn’t seen a better second half performance for a long time: “To come here and play as well as we did against a team who are challenging for the play offs was unbelievable – it was a great win.” he added.

Ashington boss Ian Skinner said: “Morgan is a player who came to our attention through one or two people within the game that we trust in terms of their opinion after they’ve seen and watched him. They’ve monitored him for us over a number of weeks and they said it was time to have a look at him. We put seven days in for Morgan then brought him in and he trained really well. Obviously numbers wise we were short at North Ferriby today and were keen to get him on the pitch. It’s an ideal opportunity to get a new player onto the pitch when you are 4-0 up in a game and he went clean through with his first touch and did everything right to be fair to him. He cut across the defender, squared the goalkeeper up then tried to put the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs who got the faintest of touches with his heel and it’s gone behind for a corner. What a start that would have been!”

Skinner concluded: “Morgan is a livewire and adds more pace to the team. He’s a willing runner and I think he’ll be good for us – and we’re looking forward to working with him and watch him flourish.”