Ashington’s Watson delighted with goal after late call-up

Utility player Anth Watson was celebrating after scoring his first goal for Ashington FC on Saturday – a little over six hours after being a late call-up into the squad.

But the 23-year-old, a nursing assistant at Northgate, whilst naturally delighted, was level headed enough to acknowledge that victory was the all important aspect.

“I was surprised when I got asked on Saturday morning to travel,” he said.

“When you are with the reserves and a fringe player for the first team, it’s good to get a call-up and know that you are wanted.

“I had a couple of games for the senior side this season and last, but when you come on you always want to get a goal and make an impact on the game.

“The gaffer [Steve Harmison] told me ‘Do what you can’, and at first he said play a defensive role, but I think I must have had a rush of blood because I pushed on a little bit and the ball fell to me. It was a scuff more than anything else.

“I waited until the keeper went down then gave him the eyes and slipped the ball around the corner.”

Watson added: “I’ve been at Ashington all my life since being a junior and supporting them.

“You always dream of scoring for your local club and I’m lucky enough to have done that.

“I’m over the moon about it but after travelling such a distance to Cumbria on a beautiful day, the most important thing was to get the three points.”