Ashington unaware of how he was denied a late winner against Blyth Spartans

Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson does not know how he was denied with a late volley in Tuesday night’s 2-2 Senior Cup semin-final draw with Blyth Spartans.

Keeper Conor Grant made a terrific block to deny Johnson what surely would have been the winning goal in the last minute of normal time as the side’s battled out a draw after extra time at a Woodhorn Lane.

And he admitted that he was unaware of Grant’s timely interception or how the ball had been kept out.

Speaking after the game, the 26-year-old said: “I could not have connected with the ball on the volley any better but I did not see where it went.

“There was a defender on the line and I knew there were players in front of me and all I saw was the ball rebound out.”

Johnson also did not know the incident came so close to the final whistle.

“I had no idea how long there was to go,” he said.

“From a personal point of view I did not want an extra half hour and it was only when the referee blew for full-time that I realised that had I scored then it could have been the goal which clinched us victory.”

But Johnson was delighted the Colliers showed their true form after some disappointing performances of late.

He said: “It was good that we returned to normal.

“We worked hard and I was a lot happier with the way we played.

“It was a sickener to concede late in extra time, but although Blyth are a good side, we more than matched them and I’m certainly not downhearted.”

Johnson also praised the crowd, which was in excess of 600.

“It’s what you would expect for a local derby,” he said.

“And it was good because the bigger the crowd, the more the atmosphere brings the best out of you.”