Ashington’s emergency keeper Scott would have taken penalty

Ashington FC's Lee Scott . Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington FC's Lee Scott . Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FCs utility player Lee Scott said that if his side been awarded a late penalty against Marske United on Thursday night, he would have taken it.

James Harmison gave the Colliers the lead but Connor Hood levelled four minutes later.

Striker Scott, who can also operate at full back, then stepped into the breach as emergency goalkeeper after regular stopper Conor Grant had conceded a penalty and been red carded with 20 minutes of the contest remaining.

The first job for the 25-year-old was to pick the ball out of the net as Nathan Mulligan sent him the wrong way to put Marske 2-1 ahead.

In the final minute of stoppage time, the home side had shouts for a penalty turned down and Ashington-born Scott said: “If the referee had pointed to the spot, I would have taken it without hesitation.

“If I’ve been on the pitch this season when we have been awarded a penalty, I’ve gone to get the ball straight away and have always been comfortable taking them.

“The result against Marske was disappointing, but credit to the lads because the work rate and attitude was superb and we deserved a lot more out of that game.”

Woodhorn Lane boss Steve Harmison confirmed that his stand-in keeper would have stepped forward.

“Lee practices penalties and he would have taken it,” he said.

“I thought he was excellent last Thursday. He probably got caught up in the run where we weren’t playing very well and confidence wasn’t very high, but these things happen.

“We took him out then he came back into the side when Andrew Bulford got an injury and Ben [Harmison] was suspended.

“We asked him to hold the ball up and be a nuisance and he did very well.

“When Conor was sent off, Lee held his hand up and volunteered to go into goal and well done to him.”