‘One of my best goals ever’ – Ashington skipper Johnson

Ashington captain Andrew Johnson scored Ashington's equaliser in their home 2-1 defeat against Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington captain Andrew Johnson scored Ashington's equaliser in their home 2-1 defeat against Shildon. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC skipper Andrew Johnson punched the air with delight after scoring what he described as being one of his best ever goals with the equaliser against Shildon on Saturday.

But his joy turned to disappointment after the Railwaymen claimed a winner through Liam Atkin early in the second period.

Johnson, whose 38th minute effort was his 16th of the season, said: “It was a good ball played to me from the side by Glen Taylor and I wanted to try and turn first time.

“However, Liam Atkin was in front of me so I had to turn again to create another angle before cutting through a couple of defenders. I caught the ball nicely with my right foot and knew it was going to go in as soon as I hit it, and it has got to rank as being one of my best ever strikes.”

Reflecting on the 90 minutes, Johnson added: “After a poor start I thought we controlled the first half and to be honest it was frustrating to go in level at the interval because with the chances we had we could been in front.

“What proved to be the winner was a poor goal to concede from a set piece through a lack of concentration.

“We didn’t deserve to go behind and it knocked the stuffing out of us.

“We battled right to the end and on another day Andy Ferrell would have scored with that chance in stoppage time, but it was not to be.

“Our performance was good and was a confidence booster for the players, and I thought we definitely deserved to take a point which would have capped off a great start for caretaker manager David Brown.

“The rest of the squad were disappointed too but nevertheless upbeat because there was a 100 per cent improvement from the display at Billingham Synthonia, and if we can turn in the same showing at Marske on Saturday, I see no reason why we can’t get a result.”

Meanwhile Johnson admitted that it was unusual at training after Gary Middleton’s resignation.

“Not having Gary to take training was weird,” he said.

“But the players have responded to David Brown.

“From a personal point of view, I have worked with David since I played for the reserves earlier in my career and I have got a lot of respect for him. He’s a good man manager.”