Ashington FC defender Matty Grieve was amongst the goal scorers as his side won a five-goal thriller against FA Vase finalists Morpeth Town at Craik Park on Saturday.
However, whilst delighted to get on the score sheet, the tall lynchpin revealed afterwards that he was on tenterhooks throughout the contest.
Ashington-born Grieve, a transport planner, said: “My fiancé Stephanie was due to give birth today and we are looking forward to the addition to the family.
“Alan Brown our kit manager was on stand-by with the phone in the dugout to drag me away if the call came through.
“And when I scored, I even got a shout from the bench to do a little baby celebration with a swing of the arms, and I’d like to dedicate my goal to our impending new arrival.”
The 25-year-old added: “That was my seventh of the season, which is not a bad return for a centre half.
“I got in front of my marker and glanced it on from a corner. However, I was delighted for us to get what I thought was a hard fought win.
“It was a game in which we had to grind out a result, and although Morpeth had a lot of the ball, we took our chances when they came along.”
Morpeth-based Grieve will be rooting for the Highwaymen when they tackle Hereford in the FA Vase showpiece final at Wembley on Sunday, May 22.
“They are my former club, and a great one at that,” he said.
“I’m over the moon for them to have reached the final because I know chairman Ken Beattie and manager Nicky Gray well.
“It’s such a great family club and behind the scenes there are people like Jimmy Anderson and others who don’t get a mention.
“A lot don’t see the efforts put in by Ken Beattie, who can be seen on the tractor cutting the grass and marking the lines.
“His heart and soul is in the club, so I was delighted for him.”