A sumptuous four-goal blast from Marc Walton was the highlight as Ashington ran out 4-3 winners of a pulsating derby against Whitley Bay on Tuesday night.
The striker sent the Colliers army of supporters wild with delight whilst at the same time deflating the home contingent, who had seen their side go into the half-time break holding a 2-0 lead.
But for hot-shot striker Walton, scoring four at this level is nothing new.
“On two occasions I hit five in a game for Ryton,” he said.
“The first came against Northallerton a couple of years back then I remember netting five against Guisborough in an FA Cup tie.”
As he reflected on his latest achievement at Hillheads, the 27-year-old said: “The second of the four was a good finish and my best but the strike which clinched my hat-trick gave me the most pleasure because it put us ahead at 3-2.”
He added: “We were really poor in the first half but bringing Andy Ferrell on for the second half gave us a bit of a lift and converting the penalty to bring us back into the contest at 2-1 also served as a further boost.”
Delighted with the victory, Walton wants his team-mates to take the second 45 minutes showing into Saturday’s home clash against West Auckland.
“We brought Stuart Elliott on to try and shore things up and see the game out,” he said.
“I know Whitley scored late on to make it 4-3 but we held on for a good three points.
“I thought we were brilliant in the second half but we need to carry that performance forward into Saturday’s clash.”