08 Sep 2021 in First Team
LUKE: “HOPEFULLY THERE ARE MORE GOALS TO COME”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC midfielder David Luke scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Whickham at Woodhorn Lane – and hopes there are more to come!
Newcastle-born Luke has been playing catch-up since picking up an injury in the Colliers first pre season game against Birtley and was named in the starting line up in the 3-3 draw with West Allotment Celtic: “I rolled my ankle at Birtley and it swelled up like a tennis ball so I couldn’t put any weight on it. Obviously it put me behind the other players (in terms of fitness) because I missed the rest of pre season but I’ve been doing my own fitness since and feel I’m pretty much up to speed now.”
The 27 year old, who works for Newcastle City Council, was delighted to mark only his second full appearance of the season with a goal: “Robbo (Paul Robinson) played a good little ball to me with the outside of his foot and I knew the defender was flying in so the turn I did which came off put me through. The ‘keeper then showed me one side and I was happy to put the ball into the corner. I used to score a few goals but I’ve been playing deeper over the past couple of seasons and it’s definitely something I should be doing - offering more goals so hopefully there will be more to follow!”
Walbottle-based Luke praised the rest of his team-mates: “The lads were all in – and showed 100 per cent commitment,” he added, “When we got on the ball we played through the lines with quick one-twos and everyone was wanting it (the ball). There was good movement on and off the ball - we won every first and second ball particularly in the first half - and we came in at half time with smiles on our faces. Credit to Whickham because they changed their shape to a diamond formation and for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half they got on the ball a little bit more and made us drop a little bit deeper. But we still kept a clean sheet so fair play to our lads at the back and to everyone who worked their socks off.”
Luke is already looking forward to Saturday’s Buildbase FA Vase game against Newcastle Benfield at Sam Smiths Park: “It’s a big game for us,” he said, “We’ll be doing a little bit of fitness this week coupled with tactical work. All our mindset is now on the Vase clash and hopefully we can progress.”