Supporters of Ashington CFC were delighted see Darren Lough back in a black and white shirt at the weekend.
Lough made his seasonal bow in Saturday’s home clash against Newton Aycliffe and looked completely at home.
The 24-year-old ex-skipper of Newcastle United Reserves slotted straight in at left back and was delighted to get his first game under his belt.
He said: “I’ve been away since the end of January until September playing for KA Akureyri in Iceland and have enjoyed it.
“They play a different type of football over there, but it’s been good.”
Lough – who claimed an assist for the last of Ashington’s goals in the 4-0 win as he crossed for Andrew Johnson to complete his hat-trick – added: “There are a few new faces in the dressing room to when I left, but everyone seems to be getting on really well, and it showed on the pitch.
“It’s a very young team who can only improve further, and to win 4-0 against a decent side was a good achievement.
“It’s also a side full of confidence with lots of energy because of young legs and players wanting to get on the ball and show what they can do.
“I’m delighted to be back – and glad to have tucked 90 minutes under my belt.”