Ashington defender Richard Flynn gave the Woodhorn Lane club a much needed boost at the weekend as he hopes to return to action next month following injury.
The 29-year-old, an electrical site supervisor, pulled up with a badly torn hamstring in stoppage time in the 3-2 defeat against title aspirants North Shields at the beginning of December.
But he is continuing to make progress as he steps up his fitness programme.
In the wake of a depressing run which has seen the Colliers slump to six defeats from seven games, Flynn’s injury update provides manager Gary Middleton with a much needed tonic.
Newcastle born Flynn said: “To say I’m frustrated is an understatement. It’s an unknown quantity for me as I’ve never had an injury like this before, and what made matters worse was it happened in the 91st or 92nd minute of the game when I was sprinting down the line to try and track North Shields substitute Denver Morris.
“My hamstring popped and tightened up and afterwards I could barely walk.
“I got the injury assessed and was told it was a grade two tear and I would have to do nothing for six to eight weeks.
“The pain has gone and I have started walking, light jogging and running, but will have to take things gingerly.
“Ideally, I’d like to be back in a couple of weeks time.
I’m not a great watcher from the sidelines and I can’t wait to return.”