Johnson wants Ashington to keep run going

Ashington FC captain Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby -
Ashington FC captain Andrew Johnson. Picture by Ian Appleby -

Andrew Johnson scored in the final minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 for Ashington over Whitley Bay on Tuesday.

The victory was the Colliers’ third in a row and inside a week, but the skipper said his outfit have done nothing yet and need to keep the run going.

Johnson, a senior project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “I didn’t think we deserved to go behind, but for us to come back to win the games at West Allotment and Whitley Bay, I’m delighted.

“It’s been a great week and we are looking to continue the trend because we need to be up the table.

“We have done nothing yet and we need to go again on Saturday at home to Bishop Auckland then take this form into the FA Vase and keep the run going.”

Johnson said of his own performance: “It was quite similar to Benfield where I got a goal and thought I did alright.

“I could have scored another but I snatched at chances whilst I maybe should have had a couple of assists if I had I taken my time in the final third.”

Despite going behind, the 28-year-old only had thoughts on one outcome, and was delighted with his 94th minute goal which won the game.

“Liam [Atkin] has played a diagonal ball and Lee [Scott] has chased it down and got something out of nothing. He got the ball into the box and I thought I had a bit of time to swing my left foot at it. Then as it’s come in, I’ve just let the ball run across my body and it’s opened up lovely and I’ve just curled it inside the far post.”

He continued: “I thought we dominated the whole game without breaking them down and we deserved the three points.

“I never thought we were in any danger, then they have scored a goal out of nothing, and Adam Shanks did well, and it hits you for six.

“We needed to calm down, then Liam [Atkin] has put a lovely ball through for Kyle Downey to finish well and get us back on level terms.

“After that, we just piled the pressure on and I thought there was only going to be one winner.”