Goalscoring hero quick to praise others

Ashington CFC's Jamie Clarke.
Ashington CFC's Jamie Clarke.

JAMIE Clarke bagged his tenth goal in seven outings on Saturday but quickly deflected the plaudits onto his team-mates and the management.

Teesside-based Clarke, pictured, said: “I thought the lads were fantastic and did really well.

“Obviously it was a great feeling to score, but the most important thing was for us to win.

“The management (Gary Middleton and Neil Winskill) really did there homework getting reports on Guiseley.

“They set us up with a shape which everyone was comfortable playing and we went out and did what they asked.

“But the bottom line is if you work as hard as we worked today, then you get something out of the game.”

And Clarke also had nothing but admiration for his co-striker Jonny Godsmark, who set up the goal.

“He’s a dream to play with because he has got everything which I haven’t got – in terms of pace and close control,” he said.

“Jonny seems to lay chances on a plate and that’s great for me because I’ll gobble them up all day.”

Clarke said he is relishing his time at Woodhorn Lane.

“It’s been a good move for me,” he said. “I seem to thrive at clubs where the play is direct – and we do that here.

“We get at teams and that’s the way I like to play.

“A lot of top teams in the STL Northern League have got kids who have come out of academies who like to keep the ball, but I like it when it’s fast and furious.

“The lads are brilliant. I keep hearing talk about there’s a lot of travelling for me, but it’s 45 minutes from Teesside and I’ve travelled all my career so there’s no problem on that score.” Clarke believes the Colliers are set up for whatever the future may hold for them.

“Ashington are one of those clubs where I was welcomed with open arms from the first moment I came through the door, and it makes you want to play a little bit better,” he added.

“There is a great bunch of fans here and the club is set up to do what it wants to do really.

“Obviously the management team help in the respect of taking it forward by bringing the right people in.

“The craic in the dressing room and the banter is brilliant – but at the same time the lads know they have a job to do and that suits me down to the ground.”