Walton wants starting place after double in FA Cup win

Marc Walton after scoring in Ashington's 2-1 winn over Albion Sports in the FA Cup. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Marc Walton after scoring in Ashington's 2-1 winn over Albion Sports in the FA Cup. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC striker Marc Walton said after coming off the bench and scoring both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Albion Sports in the FA Cup that he was more happy with the final outcome.

The 27-year-old, who works for Newcastle City Council, was hailed as his side’s super sub after his timely double inside four minutes swung the game dramatically in their favour after they had trailed at the interval.

Manager Gary Middleton threw Walton into the fray on the hour mark; and physio Leanne Symonds asked the forward to get a couple of goals and everything worked out well.

But the striker is itching to get back into the starting line-up and reckons his performances will get even better and that he will score more goals if given the opportunity.

Walton said: “It was a feeling of relief because I didn’t really want to be on the bench, and to score the two goals really proves a point that I want to play.

“For the first, it was coming over my shoulder and my thoughts were just to hit the target.

“I caught it well and it flew past the keeper and into the bottom corner.

“For the second, Lance (McGlen) has again supplied the pass and after I saw the keeper off his line, I just tried my luck with a deliberate lob which has come off.”

He added: “I just want to play to build my fitness up and to score more goals.

“I’m fit but not match fit, and if I get more minutes and play I will give better performances and get more goals.

“I’m happy personally for myself that I have notched both goals today - but more pleased that we have won the game.”