Grieve delighted with run of goals

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CENTRAL defender Matty Grieve turned back the clock last week and admitted that he was still in a state of shock after scoring in three consecutive games for Ashington.

The Colliers recorded consecutive victories over Celtic Nation (4-1), Marske United (5-1) and Sunderland RCA (3-1) within the space of five days, with the ex Newcastle United defender scoring in all three.

“I was about ten-years-old the last time I scored three goals in a row, so I’m still in shock,” he said.

Grieve opened his side’s account against RCA on Saturday with a firm header after only 67 seconds.

“That’s seven I have got for the season so far, and with six league games remaining as well as the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup, I’ll be delighted if I can reach double figures,” he said.

The 22-year-old warehouse manager saw the Colliers – with five wins and two draws – take their unbeaten sequence to seven matches at the weekend, and he hopes they can prolong the run.

“We are a team who are always going to create chances, so why shouldn’t we?” he said.

“We had a great run, albeit including a lot of home draws, earlier in the season, and it would be good to keep this one going.”

Grieve, delighted with his own form, is fully aware that the Woodhorn Lane club will not go through the motions in the climax to the season.

“Gary Middleton and Perry Briggs (assistant manager) keep us on our toes,” he said.

“We are not chasing the Ebac Northern League title so we can relax, score a few goals and win matches.

“There is no pressure on us whatsoever, but nevertheless we want to finish as high up the league as possible.”

The lynchpin also pointed towards another significant factor in the run-in – the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup against neighbours Whitley Bay, which is being staged at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

He added: “Players are playing for their places in the final. We also have lads returning from injury, so there will be no complacency from us.”