Goalscorer Baptist overjoyed at FA Vase win over Ashington

Newcastle Benfield’s former Ashington winger Steven Baptist admitted after his second half goal had proved to be the all important strike in a 2-1 FA Vase victory over Ashington on Saturday that he stood rooted to the spot because he is not used to celebrating.

The 24-year-old scaffolder, who earlier in his career spent a period with the Colliers, said: “I’m overjoyed at scoring the winner – I couldn’t believe it.

“Michael Riley did well to beat the defender then when he crossed the ball, I was in the right area to volley it into the back of the net.

“I just stood there because I’m not one for celebrating as I don’t score loads of goals.”

He added: “I didn’t do any pre-season work and I’ve just returned to the squad after being out for six months.

“My fitness is now around 75 to 80 per cent and I need to work on it, but I was pleased with my goal.”

Baptist thought the margin of victory should have been far greater.

“Conor Grant has pulled off some excellent saves to be fair,” he said.

“It was a good win and team performance but we battered Ashington and should have won by a lot more than 2-1.

“A lot of individuals played well and things just came together for us today.”