Clarke looking to continue goalscoring form

LETHAL marksman Jamie Clarke is hoping to continue his goalscoring exploits for Ashington CFC when the Colliers go head to head with Grimsby in Saturday’s FA Cup tie.

For the second season running, Clarke has scored in every round of the competition to date – he did the feat with Norton & Stockton Ancients last season.

And nothing would please him more, apart from his side getting a result on the day, if he were to be on target at Blundell Park again.

Clarke, who has plundered six goals so far in the competition, which includes the winner in the last round against Guiseley, said: “I want to keep this run going and getting my name on the score sheet is what I’m all about.

“It’s not just about me playing well, I want to put the ball into the back of the net and the FA Cup makes it more special.”

Clarke, who has been nominated for the FA’s ‘Player of the Round’ after the Wansbeck outfit’s giant killing act to dispose of Guiseley, added: “I notched in every round for Norton & Stockton Ancients in the same competition last year until we went out in the third qualifying round against FC United of Manchester, and I’m thrilled to have repeated the achievement again.

“I look after myself and go to the gym two or three times a week but don’t overkill on fitness.”

Meanwhile Clarke, who has worked for the past three years as a county welfare officer for the North Riding County FA, was quick to point out that he and his team-mates will be focused come 3pm on Saturday and it will certainly not be a pleasure trip.

“Yes, the supporters are going to enjoy themselves, but we have got a job to do at the end of the day and I’m not interested in this being a day out for us when we can take photographs,” he said.

“The pressure will be on Grimsby whereas we simply have got nothing to lose and nothing to fear.

“They are in a lose-lose situation. If they win then it will be said that they were expected to do so and if they lose they will be criticised and get hammered in the media.”