Ashington utility player Lee Scott called the first shot in the build up to the replay in the semi-final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup.
Despite being deflated by Dan Maguire’s equaliser for Blyth Spartans five minutes from the end of extra time, which spiked his late night birthday bash, Scott is already looking forward to the replay.
Following the 2-2 draw , he said: “Blyth will not be relishing playing us in the replay.”
The striker turned defender, who was hoping to celebrate his 23rd birthday in the best way possible by booking a return trip with his team-mates to St James’ Park for the final against Newcastle United Reserves, wore the number three shirt on Tuesday night as he stepped in at left back for the unavailable Scott Blandford.
But despite the result, Scott clearly remains upbeat.
“I was disappointed with the final outcome,” he said.
“We have taken a bit of criticism of late but we have got a great group of lads and tonight we showed what a team we are when we play together.
“Everyone worked hard for each other and we should quite rightly hold our heads up high.
“We will go to Croft Park for the replay and give it a right good go, but to be honest, I don’t think Blyth will be relishing playing us again after the way we fought tonight.”
Ashington born Scott was convinced the Colliers would go on to win the game after going 2-1 ahead in extra time.
But he, along with debutant Christopher Glass who notched the goal which put the home side ahead, saw the immediate dream shattered.
“When we went 2-1 up I thought we would go through,” he said.
“We needed to keep things tight but a lapse in concentration let them in for the equaliser.
“A win for us would have been a perfect birthday present – it would have topped the day off.”
He added: “People are saying we are going back over , but I don’t agree with them. We still have plenty to play for with the replay of the Senior Cup, the quarter-final of the League Cup and I reckon we are still capable of a top five or six finish in the league.”
Scott, meanwhile, will give his best in any role his is asked to do for the side.
“I’m just delighted to pull a shirt on,” he said. “I’m not bothered where I play.”
No date has been set for the rematch.