Godsmark desperate to be involved

Ashington CFC midfielder Jonny Godsmark.
Ashington CFC midfielder Jonny Godsmark.

Ashington’s former Newcastle United winger Jonny Godsmark is hoping to be involved in Wednesday’s Northumberland Senior Cup final against Whitley Bay at St James’ Park.

However, the 23-year-old apprentice engineer, who has recently returned to action after sustaining an horrific broken leg in the first pre-season friendly of the season over nine months ago, is taking nothing for granted.

“I’m available for selection – and am hopeful of being involved,” he said.

“I’m nowhere near where I want to be performance wise, and have got to admit that it is taking me longer to get back up and running.

“I thought I would slot back into the groove a lot quicker but I have still been having problems with my leg after matches, and on reflection, I wasn’t fit enough when I returned after seven or eight months on the sidelines.

“I have spoken to manager Gary Middleton who has said that whatever they get out of me on the pitch is a bonus and that I should start to look ahead to having a good pre-season fitness wise so I can get back to my best – and that is the aim.”

Godsmark linked up with Newcastle United from the age of nine.

“I went through the whole academy until I was 20,” he said.

“I signed a two years professional contract and made one or two squads before going out on loan to Hereford for six months.”

Consequently, having missed a huge chunk of the campaign, a return to St James’ Park on Wednesday should provide a much needed tonic.

He added: “It goes without saying that I’m looking forward to going back.

“It will be nice for the squad to play on a big stage – but it will be a tough match because Whitley Bay are a top side.

“It is not going to be easy but we’ll be backed by quite a few fans and hopefully we can reward them with a win.”