Bedlington’s former Ashington striker David Brown climbed out of his sick bed on Saturday then struck a derby day winner for the Welfare Park side over the Colliers at Woodhorn Lane.
Brown, whose partner Lisa and family were also laid low by a flu bug, netted the vital goal – his tenth of the campaign – in the 13th minute of an uninspiring contest.
Now he hopes the victory can help the Terriers banish the relegation blues come the end of the season.
Brown, who has a predatory instinct for goal – just like his father David had when he formed a striking partnership alongside legend Brian Pringle for Ashington over 30 years ago – said: “This was my first time on the Woodhorn Lane pitch and it was excellent coming back to the club I used to play for.”
As for the goal, he said: “When the ball came through to me, I looked across at the assistant referee to check that I was onside, took a touch and put the ball into the net.
“Naturally I was delighted to score, but then to look over and see my father watching was also a good moment.”
Brown, an electrical engineer, believes Bedlington can now see light at the end of the tunnel.
He added: “It was a great win for us and another three points towards safety, and that’s all we are looking for.
“Ashington dominated in spells but when you are near the bottom and are trying to stay in the league, all points are precious.”