A goal and Senior Cup win the target for Johnson

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Ashington’s Andrew Johnson has set himself a double target ahead of the Northumberland Senior Cup final against Whitley Bay at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on Wednesday, May 1.

Twenty-five-year-old Johnson, who has operated in midfield or as a striker this term, is the club’s second top scorer with 29 goals.

And he would be delighted to add to the tally against the Seahorses.

Johnson, a teaching assistant at Ellington First School, said: “I’d take a win without scoring – but I’d prefer to claim a double as well by getting my name on the score sheet, which would fit the bill perfectly.”

He added: “I’m a Newcastle United supporter so it is a dream for me to play at St James’ Park again.

“Three years ago when we lost 2-1 to Whitley Bay in the final, for us it was about the occasion – but this time it’s all about us winning the game.”

Johnson has by far beaten his previous best goals haul with the Woodhorn Lane club.

“I got 20 a couple of years ago and finished top scorer last season,” he said.

“I’ll always score goals but if I play up front then I’ll hit the target on a more regular basis.

“I’m happy with my season and the goals I’ve scored as well as the ones which I have made.”

Ashington’s untimely FA Vase exit against Bodmin Town still hurts Johnson.

“It’s frustrating,” he said, “Spennymoor and Darlington 1883 are the best two teams in our division and realistically we can’t win the league.

“However, we could have progressed further in the FA Vase – and the defeat still pains me.”

Despite being injured earlier in the campaign, Johnson will be raring to go on Wednesday.

“I injured my ankle ligaments against Sunderland RCA back in November but although I’m still strapping the ankle up, I’m fine,” he said.

“I can’t wait for the final and I just hope I’m smiling come the final whistle on Wednesday.”