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Tuesday 15th January
Friday sees Ashington FC making the 450 mile journey to Bodmin Town in the last 32
of the FA Vase. With money no object in the higher reaches of football, it’s worth
remembering how difficult it is for other teams with Ashington likely to make a sizeable
loss on the game. Due to set off at 9am on Friday morning for the 10 hour journey,
the team will be staying overnight in Cornwall, playing the game at 3pm on Saturday
and then returning to the north east straight after the game.
Friday 11th January
Bedlington Terriers from the Northern League (step 5) beat Newcastle United U21 (what
used to be known as the reserves) 3-2 in the Northumberland Senior Cup. The Newcastle
team included 5 players with first team experience. Whilst I appreciate it’s only
one game (although regular watchers of the Northern League wouldn’t be in the least
surprised by the result) it really makes you reflect on the quality of players who
make the pro grade. These are players who train every day .. compared to the Terriers
who train one night a week or maybe none at all if they have a midweek game.
Monday 7th January
The juniors get underway again with our Under 8’s drawing 5-5 and the Under 7’s winning
4-2. Love playing at completefootball.net - Refs provided, no goals to put up -
On Saturday Ashington drew 1-1 with FA Vase holders Dunston UTS. Only 11 days to
go before the long trip to Bodmin - 1000 mile round trip !
Wednesday 12th December
FA Vase Ashington 2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 ...Watch the Goals here ..... Better
than watching the Premier League
I’d be interested to hear other coaches/parents/kids views on the new 5v5 at under
Wednesday 3rd October
Not enjoying the new 5 a side for the under 7’s. Pitches are too small and we’re
getting some ridiculous scores
Attended a fantastic “Coach the Coach” evening with the FA’s Dick Bate. So enthusiastic
Wednesday 19th September
We had our first taste of the FA’s new 5v5 for under 7’s on Sunday. A bit like “fight
football”. Everyone swarming around on a little pitch till the ball broke free and
someone scored. Coaches telling goalkeepers to boot it up the pitch ! Not really
what we hoped for.
A simple game to help with team shape for under 8’s here
Tuesday 11th September
It will be interesting to see how the FA’s new structure for junior football shapes
up this season. Our under 7’s are playing 5 a side on a 40x30m pitch with 12x6 goals.
The league has decided not to introduce a retreat line so I can see a lot of goalies
going for the big kick upfield which is the exact opposite of what we want.
Sunday 2nd September
Ashington 3 West Auckland 3 Northern League Div 1. Great game against last seasons
FA Vase finalists.
Saturday 1st September
Attended a great “coach the coach” event presented by England U21 Coach Brian Eastick.
Really inspires you to see such good coaches without any sort of egos.
Ashington 1 Sunderland RCA 1 FA Cup Extra Prelim Round
The road to Wembley starts early if you’re a non-league club. Check out the highlights
with the RCA goalkeeper getting a last minute equaliser for his team. Click here
Thanks to Hayley for the highlights.
The behaviour of the winners and losers at the Olympics has certainly given our footballers
a lesson in how to behave. In the new season why don’t we really show up those players
trying to cheat to win free kicks and those feigning injury. Let us not accept players
moaning because they have to play 2 games in a week.
Friday 3rd August
For senior teams in particular, pre-season training is probably the most important
time of the year. If you fail to do a proper pre-season you feel as though you’re
playing catch-up when the real action starts. Good coaches have moved away from simply
running around the park and shuttles. Fitness can be attained whilst using a football.
“You don’t learn to be a pianist by running around the piano” as a better coach than
me once said.
Tuesday 26th June
So the usual post mortem into England’s lack of success at the Euros can now get
underway. Why is it that technically we look so average? Why can’t we keep hold of
the ball under pressure? Why is our movement so one dimensional? It seems to me that
nothing changes. We were having these conversations 15 years ago when I first got
into coaching. Clubs have spent and are spending a fortune on their academies but
technically we still lag behind. Am I being too impatient?
Thursday 21st June
I hope you’re all surviving the close season. If you’re the coach of a junior team
maybe you’ll be in the middle of your trials, if you’re lucky enough to be able to
attract players. The rest of us will be scratching around for enough players to have
a team! Semi Pro squads will probably be back in training next week. Sunday league
teams still have a bit of time off !
Thursday 7th June
Tomorrow’s session with the Under 7’s and 8’s here
Wednesday 30th May
This weeks training session with under 7’s/8’s here
Watching the Chelsea v Barcelona game on Wednesday was so infuriating. Players rolling
around in “pain” and others falling over after minimal contact. Let’s hope something
is done about it before it filters down the leagues.
Friday 13th April
Northern League: Benfield 2 Ashington 1 .. A wonder goal overhead kick from Paul
Antony gave Benfield a slightly fortunate 3 points. Great display from the home keeper
Saturday 7th April
The way forward for youth football
U7 U8 - 5 a side: U9 U10 - 7 a side: U11 U12 - 9 a side: U13 up - 11 a side
I hope they bring out a rule stopping goalies from kicking out of their hands in
the 5 a side game otherwise the temptation for some coaches/teams will be to get
the ball forward as quickly as possible.
Written by Nick Levett who is the FA National development Manager for Youth and Mini
We rightly complain in this country about how technically we seem to be miles behind
the likes of Spain, Portugal etc. But watching Swansea against Newcastle should be
a reminder that possession of the ball is not an end in itself. You keep the ball
in order to go forward and create chances. If your final ball is poor or you don’t
have the flair to play a killer ball or to get past an opponent, you achieve nothing.
Tuesday 3rd April
Congratulations to Dunston UTS and West Auckland on reaching the FA Vase Final at
Wembley. With Whitley Bay winning the competition for the previous 3 years, it’s
further confirmation that the Northern League is the strongest Step 5 league in the
Friday 30th March
Big games for 2 Northern League teams tomorrow in the semi finals of the FA Vase.
West Auckland are at home to Herne Bay (2-2 first leg) and Dunston UTS travel to
Staveley with a 1-0 lead. With fellow Northern League side Whitley Bay having won
the competition for the previous 3 years it would be great if one of them could keep
the run going.
Wednesday 28th March
Northern League: Ashington 0 Sunderland RCA 4 .. Hammered by top of the table Sunderland
RCA who must now be slight favourites to win the league unless Dunston, Spennymoor
or West Auckland can stop them. No complaints about the result as RCA were much stronger
and quicker than us. Just disappointed that we couldn’t put up more of a fight.
Tuesday 27th March
Sunday: Under 8’s Cramlington Juniors 2 Ellington 1 A really close game played in
Saturday: Northern League Consett 1 Ashington 2. We carried a bit of luck in this
game, scoring from a free kick given for a back pass which seemed rather harsh, then
Consett had a player sent off.
Good weekend. Northern league : South Shields 0 Ashington 1 Brief highlights available
Then a good 3-0 win on Sunday for Ellington U8’s against Ponteland.
Monday night was a bit disappointing with a schoolboy error from Danny Simpson handing
Arsenal a 92nd minute winner against Newcastle.
Thursday 8th March
Saturday saw a disappointing 1-1 draw for Ashington against Jarrow Roofing but a
much better performance on Tuesday winning 3-1 at home to Consett
Saturday 3rd March
Took in the Morpeth Town v North Shields game last Wednesday. Check out the last
minute goal from Goalkeeper Michael Robinson here
Monday 27th February
Good weekend of football! Northern League: Ashington 3 Stokesley 0 Two goals
from Marc Walton and one from Andrew Johnson.
And on the Sunday: Ellington U8 2 North Shields 0 ... One of our best performances
of the season.
Quite rightly winning isn’t important at this age but even so the kids and the parents
go home happier after a victory!!
Wednesday 22nd February
West Auckland 2 Ashington 1 .. A much improved performance against top of the table
West Auckland. Had we taken half our chances we would have won the game comfortably.
For those unfamiliar with West Auckland’s story have a look at this
Monday 20th February
FA Vase Last 16 Shortwood United 3 Ashington 0
A disappointing result and performance plus a 600 mile round trip for good measure!
2 down after 12 minutes. I don’t think Shortwood could quite believe how bad we were
but that’s football.
Good luck to them in the next round. On a positive note Nailsworth in Gloucestershire
is a lovely part of the country.
Our under 8’s lost 3-2 on Sunday to complete a miserable weekend!
Tuesday 14th February
Good training session on Friday with the Under 8’s. Repeated last week’s drill and
it went even better second time round.
Saturday’s trip down to Shortwood United was called off and re-scheduled for next
Saturday. Need to book the hotel again!
On Sunday the Under 8’s lost 3-2 in a very close game against Cramlington Juniors
Then watched Newcastle get absolutely thrashed by Spurs on Sky. Never been so un-interested
in a game after those first 5 minutes.
Thursday 9th February
Long trip down to Gloucester looming for Sunday’s FA Vase home against Shortwood
United .. Weather permitting
Friday 3rd February
Tried a nice drill with our under 8’s which went quite well
Wednesday 1st February
Played Sun: Under 8’s Newcastle City 5 Ellington 2 ..... 5-0 down after the third
quarter we pulled 2 goals back in the final quarter to salvage some respectability!
Played Sat: Newton Aycliffe 1 Ashington 1 .... A deflected Mark O’Dea goal was cancelled
out before half time. Got back just in time to see the second half of the Brighton
v Newcastle FA Cup game. Dreadful.
Wednesday 25th Jan
Ashington 4 Spennymoor 1 ....... Great win against probably the best team in the
league. Very impressed again with Dan Taylor, on loan from Newcastle United. Two
goals from him, another one from Mark O’Dea and a penalty from Phil Bell.
Tuesday 24th Jan
Ashington drawn away to Shortwood United in the FA Vase. Another long journey!
Sunday 22nd Jan
Back home to the North East at 10pm on Saturday night, then back on the road to Gosforth
at 10am Sunday for Ellington’s under 8’s game against Cramlington Juniors. Lost 4-1
but a really spirited performance against the best team in the league. Great to see
their keeper throwing the ball out to their defenders so they can build it up from
the back. That’s what we’ve got to aim for.
Saturday 21st Jan
Newport Pagnell 2 Ashington 3
A crowd of well over 600 saw Ashington deservedly move into the last 16 of the FA
Vase. Goals from Mark O’Dea and Gareth Rees put the Colliers 2 up before Newport
pegged it back to 2-2. Ashington hit straight back before half time with a Gareth
Bainbridge goal. Surprisingly that was the end of the scoring. The other surprise
was how Pagnell finished the game with 11 players on the field .. Only the ref could
explain that one. All in all a great day out and thanks to all at Newport Pagnell
FC for a friendly welcome.
Thurs 19th Jan
Saturday sees Ashington FC travel down to Newport Pagnell FC for the 4th round of
the FA Vase ... That’s the last 32 with the final being held at Wembley. This equals
the furthest the club have ever reached in the competition so over 100 fans are expected
to make the 4½ hour journey.