‘Big honour’ for Colliers’ Johnson to feature in Northern League anniversary game

Ashington CFC’s Andrew Johnson described his inclusion in the Northern League representative side on Tuesday night as being a ‘big honour.’

Johnson scored one of the goals for the outfit and had a hand in the other in a 2-0 win over an FA side at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park ground. T

he match marked the 125th anniversary of the Northern League and the Colliers skipper who played the whole 90 minutes said afterwards: “I considered it to be a good achievement to be part of the NL side and part of a good team - and it was a big honour to have been called up.”

The 26 year old who works as a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, added: “It was great to play with - and against - some top players and the football was of a good standard.”

On the hour, Johnson headed a pass from his Ashington team mate Glen Taylor to Spennymoor’s Steven Capper who volleyed home the opener from 16 yards then eight minutes later, Johnson’s personal moment of glory came following a corner which he won himself.

“Keith Graydon and Capper worked the flag kick and when Capper put the ball into the box, it fell nicely for me to volley on the turn from six yards,” said Johnson.

“The ball hit the bar, bounced down then struck the woodwork again. The ball may have crossed the line but to make sure, I rammed it home.

It gave me something to mark the occasion and I was also delighted as we were allowed to keep our shirts as a memento.”