Joe in Race to reach goals target

Ashington's Joe Race scoring against West Auckland. Picture by Gavin Perry.
Ashington's Joe Race scoring against West Auckland. Picture by Gavin Perry.
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Ashington striker Joe Race has set himself a goals target as he continues to build up his fitness levels.

The 25-year-old has returned to the Woodhorn Lane club after being out of the game for 18 months.

On Saturday he netted his second goal of the campaign in the win over West Auckland.

“I saw the back pass and I thought it’s not going to reach the keeper so I chased it down and tucked it away,” he said.

“Naturally I was delighted. Until today’s victory, results hadn’t been going our way and we haven’t been playing great, but there is a good team spirit in the camp.”

Race, a paint sprayer, is hoping to apply his own touch of gloss as the season progresses.

He added: “My fitness is improving slowly but surely and only game time will enhance that.

“I’m very happy to be back at the club and I’m enjoying it.

“At the start of the season I was here to try and help the team out, but now I’ve got to be looking to score 15 goals or more.

“That’s a benchmark to start with and we’ll see what happens, but as far as I’m concerned it’s onwards and upwards from now on.”

Manager Steve Harmison said: “Joe hasn’t played for a year and a half so we need to get him fit and up to speed, and that’s why we keep substituting him to make sure we give him the right amount of minutes on the pitch.

“Today I thought Joe’s work rate was superb.”