Ashington FC midfielder Kyle Downey was cursing his luck on Saturday after being left frustrated despite his side clinching a 2-0 victory over Team Northumbria at Woodhorn Lane.
Downey scored both goals in the fifth and 16th minutes – but was left to kick every ball in the second period from the new stand after having to retire at half-time with an injury.
The 23-year-old curled a delightful free kick to open the scoring then added a second from the penalty spot.
“I scored from a direct free kick on a number of occasions last year,” he said.
“When you strike a ball well you can see it going in soon after it has left your foot, and that’s what happened today.
“I was also our penalty taker last season and I know Ben Harmison took them when I was not on the pitch, but I took responsibility today and was delighted to send the keeper the wrong way.”
However, Ashington-born Downey was replaced at the interval.
“I took a knock in my back after half an hour,” he said.
“When I came in at half-time it seized up and unfortunately I was unable to carry on.
“Ironically I’ve done well to get myself fit again after picking up an injury towards the end of pre-season, which set me back a bit, but I’m hoping I will be OK for our away trip to face Bishop Auckland on Wednesday.
“I’m really enjoying my football. We are a lot more solid at the back and have got a bit more stability about ourselves, so it’s onwards and upwards.”