Johnson urges Ashington fans to get behind team in FA Vase tie

Ashington captain Andrew Johnson beats the Team Northumbria keeper to the ball. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington captain Andrew Johnson beats the Team Northumbria keeper to the ball. Picture by Ian Appleby

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Ashington’s talismanic skipper Andrew Johnson has called on the club’s fans to generate a noisy atmosphere for Saturday’s FA Carlsberg fourth round clash against United Counties League Premier Division side Wisbech at Woodhorn Lane.

Johnson, is also hoping that Ashington’s excellent home form will stand them in good stead.

“We are strong at home and need to do on Saturday as we have done all season,” he said.

“We need to concentrate on our own game and not to worry about the opposition, and if we play our game and work hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”

Twenty-six year old Johnson has called on the club’s fans to play there part.

“I’m looking forward to next Saturday – I just can’t wait,” he said.

“That’s what you play your Northern League football for – the Vase – and the fans can certainly play a major role.

“It’s a home draw and it’s always great to see the stand full.

“The crowd provides us with a boost even before we go on the pitch and the noise level definitely helps so we want our fans to be as vocal as possible.”

Johnson, a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, took his personal goals tally for the season to 21 with a brace in the 4-1 victory over Team Northumbria on Saturday, and whilst being delighted was also left a bit frustrated.

“I probably should have scored a hat-trick,” he said.

“I had a chance in the first half but got underneath the ball and I was disappointed when I spurned another opportunity after the break.

“Having said that, I was really pleased with my second goal – but I know I should have scored more.”