ASHINGTON CFC’s Jonny Godsmark said he experienced the lowest point of his career last week before dedicating the Colliers’ magnificent FA Cup replay win against Vauxhall Motors to his close friend Darren Lough.
The silent Woodhorn Lane crowd were aghast after Lough was taken away by ambulance to nearby Wansbeck General Hospital with what proved to be a fractured skull following an accidental clash of heads in the first game.
And Godsmark said: “The incident with Darren was definitely the lowest point of my career.
“I’ve been playing football since I was five or six and that’s probably the worst injury I’ve ever seen – and even more concerning when it has happened to one of my best friends.
“I’ve known Darren since I was 13 or 14 and to see him in so much discomfort was not nice and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through it.
“I could see something was seriously wrong. I looked and then turned away and took myself to the other side of the pitch. I just couldn’t watch.”
Ashington, who drew 3-3 on the day, won the replay 1-0 and Godsmark had no hesitation in dedicating the victory to Lough.
“From a football point of view we were happy to get a draw from the position we were in being 3-1 down with 20 minutes to go against a team like Vauxhall,” he said.
“We were delighted but obviously Darren came first and we all went down to the hospital after the game to see him.
“The comeback and result on Saturday was for Darren, and the replay win on the Tuesday was even more so for him.
“We said we would do it for Darren.
“It meant a lot to us and also to the fans who went down and supported us, singing and chanting Darren’s name throughout the game.
“At the final whistle there was a family feeling amongst the players and the supporters when we ran over to them to thank them and then afterwards when we all came together and had a sing and a laugh and enjoyed the moment.
“For me and the lads it was hard enough getting time off from work, let alone the supporters, who were terrific.
“We thank them and hope they will be in good voice on Saturday against Guiseley.”