07 Oct 2021 in First Team
SKINNER PRAISE FOR SUPPORTERS:
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner showered praise on the supporters who despite the appalling weather conditions, turned out at The dwmedia Stadium and witnessed a rip roaring tie in the first round of the Techflow Marine Northumberland Senior Cup on Tuesday.
Despite swerling rain and a wind blowing across the pitch from start to finish, the attendance was 281 – and Skinner said the home fans played their part as his team overturned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory: “The fans – coupled with the unpaid volunteers who work tirelessly week in week out behind the scenes - are what make this football club really,” he said, “If there was ever a night you were not going to go out of the house, it was tonight with those wrenched conditions. Lots of them will probably have been to work too and had busy days where they’ve been soaked once already so the biggest compliment I can give them is that they continue to turn out in their droves every single week.”
He continued: “I’m an honest kind of guy and you hear mumbles and people start to get frustrated - and we as a management team do as well. Players also get frustrated – but they don’t make misplaced passes or poor decisions on purpose. I heard a voice from one of our fans in the stand who said ‘let’s give the lads some encouragement’ and within seconds they broke out into a bit of a song - and it does help because all of a sudden the fans are still behind us. We will never take for granted the number of people who come to watch us and the support they give us. They are greatly appreciated and definitely within the dressing room they always get a mention about turning out in their hundreds. The supporters look forward to coming here and it is up to us to try and send them home happy. That’s now two home games in four days where they have seen two good second half displays and have seen us turn around a deficit into a winning margin.”