By Brian Bennett | Photo: Ian Brodie

Ashington FC defender Ben Williams picked up the Supporters Player of the Year award on Saturday night at the presentation ceremony – and reckons it will keep him motivated for next season!

Williams who was at Sunderland Academy, has found football in the non league pyramid to be a different kettle of fish but the 19 year old also spoke about how he had to patient before he forcing his way into the Ashington side: “Obviously it’s my first season at this level after being at Sunderland Academy and it’s a lot different,” he said on Saturday evening, “There are not as many people go to watch academy football so joining Ashington was a completely new experience. I wasn’t expecting to win anything but I reckon to get this award in my first season is a good achievement. I’m very happy that I’ve pleased the fans and obviously the management which was what I came here to do.”

Newcastle-born Williams – who was again outstanding at the heart of the Ashington defence in Saturday’s 2-0 win over North Ferriby – continued: “It wasn’t easy at the start – I had to wait a long time before I got my chance but I felt as though once I got into the side, I kept my shirt and won everyone over. I think I have had a good season and have done well which was my overall goal but to get the award on top of it is brilliant and will keep me motivated for next season. I just want to build on this season; build on what we can do and hopefully help to take this club as far as it can go.”