MAN of the moment – striker Andrew Johnson – admitted after he had scored his side’s dramatic last gasp winner on Saturday to beat AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the FA Vase, that he had not realised how close to full-time the strike had been.
An ecstatic Johnson said after the final whistle: “It was an amazing feeling to score the winner.
“I was so happy and delighted, but in all honesty, I thought there was still quarter of an hour left on the clock.
“I saw James (Taylor) look up and that he was going to try and put the ball onto my foot.
“The pass was a good one but I still had a bit to do to get it out of my feet before I went past a defender.
“I knew I was in on goal and had to finish so I thought the best thing to do was to lace the ball past the keeper and into the far corner.”
The 25-year-old was heavily involved with Ashington’s opener, which came off Diamonds skipper Chris Hope – but the Ellington-based forward later revealed that he had originally staked a claim for the goal.
“I wanted that too but couldn’t really because it was a cross – and also because the rest of the lads were saying that it was an own goal,” he said.
“I thought I’d run at the full back so I turned him, got my head down and then crossed the ball.
“I knew it came off the defender but if the goal is there to be taken – then I’ll take it.”
However, there were no arguments over who struck the decisive winner – which took Johnson’s tally for the season to 14 in all matches
“I haven’t set myself a target,” he added.
“I love playing up front where I believe I can create more and score more, and I just want to get as many as I can.”