Giles hails goal in Ashington debut one of his best

Ashington's Jonathan Giles in action against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Gavin Perry

Ashington's Jonathan Giles in action against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Gavin Perry

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He is only 20-years-old but already, Ashington’s new midfielder Jonathan Giles has bagged one of the best goals of his career.

Giles put the icing on the Colliers cake on Saturday with a spectacular 25 yarder six minutes from time.

Andrew Johnson Celebrates scoring for Ashington against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Gavin Perry

Andrew Johnson Celebrates scoring for Ashington against West Allotment Celtic. Picture by Gavin Perry

And the student from Durham University, who is studying physics, said: “I thought my debut went OK. First half I struggled to get into the swing of things but then second half I felt as if I got into my number ten role a lot better.

“Obviously it was quite tough at the start because I didn’t know what to expect like the pace of the game but the lads were really welcoming so it helped me along the way.”

Giles plays for the university side whose season is now finished but has previously played for Durham City.

“In my first year I briefly played for Ian Skinner when he was assistant manager at Durham City, and it was Ian who invited me to come across to Ashington,” he said.

“I was happy I scored and that is up there as being one of my best ever goals.”

Colliers boss Steve Harmison said: “Jonathan was nervous coming into the game not really understanding what the Northern League is all about.

“He arrived at the ground at 1.45pm after commuting by train from Durham to Morpeth and then getting picked up to be brought here to Woodhorn Lane.

“And what a wonderful strike he despatched for the fourth goal, it was one of those which was arrowing towards the top corner as soon as it left his foot.”