Andrew Johnson bagged an early birthday present in scoring a sensational winner and setting up Ashington’s two other goals in their 3-2 Emirates FA Cup replay win against Albion Sports on Wednesday night.
But the Woodhorn Lane skipper, who celebrate his 28th birthday in ten days time, came close to missing out on the action.
“Due to a personal commitment, I only found out at 3.30pm that I could travel down to Leeds,” he said.
“But after a bit of a nightmare day, I’m happy with the way things have gone and especially to have notched the winner.
“Everyone in the camp is delighted. We should have cemented the win in the first game on Saturday and I hold my hands up and say I was the main culprit for missing chances.
“And to come down here midweek and put it right showed great character from the lads.
“I thought we played well in the first half, although we sat deep a little bit and we were a tad nervous towards the end after Aran Basi got a good goal to equalise.
“I thought we controlled most of the game but invited a bit of pressure on ourselves second half.
“But I thought the character to dig in and get the win on the road was brilliant.”
Johnson was pleased with his first goal of the campaign.
He added: “I had a couple of good efforts in the first half from long range where I tried to chip the keeper.
“It was a good pitch and you could strike the ball cleanly and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in for the winner.
“I was also pleased for Dylan Williamson and Michael Bell to get on the score sheet, and from my point of view it’s always nice to chip in with a couple of assists.”