Gray pleased to finally find target for Ashington

Ashington defender Josh Gray, who opened the scoring against Jarrow Roofing.
Ashington defender Josh Gray, who opened the scoring against Jarrow Roofing.

Josh Gray expressed his delight after scoring his first goal for Ashington at the weekend.

The 24-year-old netted in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Jarrow Roofing at Woodhorn Lane.

The research scientist at Glasgow University said: “It has only taken me three years in two spells at the club.

“I only played about eight games in my first stint where I broke my foot twice and suffered broken ribs.

"When we were awarded the early penalty, I didn’t ask skipper Andrew Johnson if I could spot the ball, I told him I was going to take it.

"I work in Scotland all week, travelling down on a Friday night or Saturday morning and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to score.”

South Shields-born Gray has just returned to action after a hernia operation seven weeks ago.

“I had October off then the last couple of weeks I have started to get fit again,” he said.

“I felt good and have almost played the full game today.”

And Gray reckons there is more to come from his team-mates.

“Basically, we’ve won 3-1 without playing as well as we can,” he said.

“There’s plenty more to come from us and the more chances we create the more goals we are going to score.

"I was quite pleased with the amount of space we had down the stand side, to be honest, but we could have used it a bit better, especially towards the end of the first half.

"After we scored the two early goals at the start of the second half we sat back a little bit and relaxed a bit more as the game was more or less won at 3-0.”

Gray revealed that playing in front of the newly opened stand was ‘special'.

He said: “It was brilliant. Even just walking out in front of the crowd, it felt a bit more special.

"Ashington’s ground is a unique place to play along with Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park, they are both top venues.”