Ashington stand-in skipper Glen Taylor went against medical advice before Saturday’s home clash against West Auckland.
Only a week earlier the 24-year-old – a classroom assistant at Wyndham School in Gosforth – had suffered a broken nose in the 2-0 victory over Consett.
He had his nose reset last Thursday and said: “I was advised I shouldn’t play for a month - but then I thought if I sat out for that period of time, I could get my nose broken again in my first game back.
“I was determined to play because I hate watching, so I took the chance and everything was fine.
“During the week I had a couple of runs along the roads and felt in good shape, and I was just hoping that I didn’t get a bang on the nose.
“I saw us win at Whitley Bay on Tuesday and wanted to be part of things today.
“I thought we played well in the first half but there was something lacking after the break.”
Taylor made the goal scored by Dean Critchlow – but later rued missing a chance to increase the lead.
“I wished I could have applied the same finishing as Marc (Walton) did the other night,” said Taylor as he made reference to a lobbed finish in the 4-3 win at Whitley Bay.
“I rang him after the game on Tuesday and told him everything he hit flew in.
“As a fellow striker I admire him and he’s brilliant to play with because when he gets half a chance he usually scores.
“He’s always going to get goals and apart from the penalty against Whitley Bay, his other three wonder strikes came out of nothing.”
Meanwhile injured skipper Andrew Johnson joined in with the adulation over Walton’s four-goal feat.
“Only Marc could have scored those high quality goals,” he said.
“I was frustrated watching in the first half because we completely let ourselves down, but then I have got nothing but admiration for Marc. We want him to do that more often because he’s more than capable.”