Muted celebration from Atkin to Shildon winner at Ashington

Ex-Ashington captain Liam Atkin, (No.5) taps in from close range to score the winner for Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ex-Ashington captain Liam Atkin, (No.5) taps in from close range to score the winner for Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Shildon’s former Ashington skipper Liam Atkin got the all important winning goal on Saturday which kept his side on the scent for a serious challenge at the Ebac Northern League first division title.

It also resulted in the Colliers tasting defeat for the seventh time in eight matches.

The importance of Atkin’s close range effort for the Railwaymen could not be understated, but the 28-year-old, who works for the Newcastle United Foundation, kept his celebrations to a bare minimum.

He said: “After playing at Woodhorn Lane for five or six years, I didn’t think a celebration was required.

“The goal was a tap in for me at the back post.

“I don’t notch many goals,I never did when I was with Ashington, and it’s my first one of the season for Shildon.

“It’s nice to score to win any game and my delight was muted, although I don’t really celebrate anyway.”

Atkin thought the Durham outfit deserved their success but was full of praise for the Colliers.

“It was a tough game and I thought Ashington played really well,” he added.

“We had to battle really hard on a pitch which was bobbly and conditions were not great, but on the whole we probably deserved to win following our second half performance.”

Shildon have their eyes fixed on winning the championship crown and Atkin said: “Yes, we are pushing for the league. We are playing really well at the minute and are getting results and that’s what we have got to do.

“When Andrew Johnson got the equaliser for Ashington, it was a bit of a kick in the teeth, but we know we have got goals throughout the team.

“We have got plenty of fire power and are grinding results out.”