Big relief for Jonny getting off the mark

HIS right footer from 12 yards on Saturday almost ripped the netting off, and although Ashington CFC striker Jonny Wightman admitted afterwards that his first goal for the Colliers came as a ‘bit of a relief’ he is hoping there is more to come.

Wightman, 26, a health trainer based in North Tyneside for the NHS, linked up with the Woodhorn Lane outfit from South Shields in October.

And even though he has been unable to command a regular place in the starting line-up, when given the opportunity, even as a substitute, he has been constantly thwarted in his attempts to break his goalscoring duck.

That was until Saturday against Shildon when he tucked away the first goal of the game from the penalty spot.

“Strikers go through these barren periods and I’ve got to admit it was a bit of a relief when the ball hit the back of the net,” he said.

“Before the game I knew if we got a penalty I was the nominated taker – I’ve always taken them and been happy to accept that role and responsibility at other clubs I’ve played for.

“But as a striker you don’t know when these spells are going to happen. I felt the pressure was building up – I had missed a few chances – and I started snatching at opportunities whilst not feeling relaxed in front of goal.

“I knew it was my first goal for Ashington but in truth it has not felt like five months since I have been with the club.

“We missed games over a couple of months over Christmas due to the weather then I found I couldn’t get into the side all of the time.

“Having a run in the team has helped my fitness and confidence levels and I’m hoping that there are more goals to come out of the Wightman locker in the future.”