On a cold Tuesday night in Whitby, many people may not have been excited at the prospect of facing the weather for 90 minutes but one man who was more than happy was Whitby Town forward Ashley Coffey, who joined the club in the summer but was unable to feature due to a long-term knee injury.
However, Tuesday night saw Coffey make his first start appearance and get 90 minutes under his belt, the forward even managed to get two assists and a goal on his debut and Coffey couldn’t be happier with his performance.
“I feel good, my knee feels good. I was a little nervous before the game,” Coffey told whitby-town.com
“I felt like I’ve been away for ages and I was apprehensive, but five minutes in I was good and after a few challenges I was reassured.
“It was nice to feel involved, I felt like I belonged, as before the game I was a little unproven, but the game helped me reassure myself and let people see what I’m capable of.”
Coffey’s performance was good enough to earn the man-of-the-match award and the forward was touched by the award.
“I was so pleased to get it, after 14 months out and it was something I just didn’t expect it.” Coffey added.
After what was a terrific performance Whitby fans will be hoping to see Coffey challenging for a first-team place and the striker is hoping to replicate his performance when the next chance arises.
“I’m travelling with the squad on Saturday, it’s the first game I’m travelling, it will be good to just be in and around the first team and hopefully pick up some minutes.
“It’s a whole new level of football for me, and to be honest I hate the travelling but hoping to get the minutes and kick on as best as I can.”
When the minutes do come, Coffey is confident that Tuesday’s performance is a sign of things to come and what he can add to the team.
“It should be a sign of things to come, I back myself with my ability but it is just my fitness I need to work on.
“I need better fitness for when we play tougher teams and better opponents.”