Johnson desperate to take Ashington to Wembley

Ashington's Andrew Johnson. Picture by Gavin Perry
Ashington's Andrew Johnson. Picture by Gavin Perry

Ashington FC’s Andrew Johnson made no secret of his FA Vase target for this season.

The Colliers skipper want to take his side all the way to Wembley.

He said: “I would love us to go all the way to the final at Wembley.”

The 28-year-old, who has found the back of the net in each of the Colliers’ last four matches, leads his side in Saturday’s trip to Derbyshire-based opponents Dronfield Town

He said: “We are all looking forward to it and especially with the form we are in because we are flying at the moment and the spirit in the camp is good.

“You have got to set yourself targets like looking to reach the quarter-finals or as a bare minimum the last 16 of the competition as we haven’t reached that far, but I would set the bar to the highest level and love us to go all the way to Wembley and win it.

“And there’s no reason why we can’t because on our day we can beat anyone.”

Meanwhile as his side trailed 2-0, Johnson led the comeback against Bishop Auckland on Saturday, netting his 12th goal of the campaign and was delighted as the Colliers forced a draw at Woodhorn Lane.

He said: “The wind today was deceptive. Our plan was to kick against it in the first half and try and dig in, and to be fair we never really offered much going forward, although I’ve had a good chance and Lee Scott has nearly scored.

“At 1-0 down at half-time we knew we hadn’t played well and to concede the second goal was a bit of a kick in the teeth.

“I had thought that if we were to get the first goal in the second period we would go on and win, and after coming back to level at 2-2 we could nearly have pinched a victory towards the end.

“In many respects it was similar to the game at Whitley Bay earlier in the week whereby I always thought we were going to get another chance.

“Thankfully Joe [Race] has managed to score a good equalising goal and we piled the pressure on and got a couple of corners but just could not do enough.

“However, I still think we can step things up a couple of levels and we need a bit more quality on the ball when we get it.”