Shildon recorded their 17th win of the season on Saturday after a narrow 2-1 verdict over Ashington at Woodhorn Lane, but only after ex-Colliers keeper Kyle Hayes had denied Andy Ferrell a 93rd minute equaliser.
However, the 24-year-old, a stores and despatch supervisor for Osborne Engineering in Cramlington, remained modest about the block.
“It was a one-on-one save I would always expect to make it, but it was vital with it being the last kick of the game,” he said.
“We are going for the league championship and it’s a good three points for us with all our rivals’ games called off.”
Hayes was happy to make a return to Wansbeck.
“It’s always good to come back here,” he added.
“All of the Ashington fans still remember me and speak to me, which is superb.”
The stopper is convinced his ex-club will get back into the winning groove.
He added: “It’s disappointing to see Ashington in the bottom half of the table because they were my first club in the Northern League when I was only 17.
“But I think they will pick up and go places again once they bring in a new manager and get their feet back onto the ground.”