Andrew Johnson recorded a personal best as he scored four goals in his side’s 10-1 hammering of Newton Aycliffe at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday evening.
The haul took the Ashington-born skipper’s tally of goals for the season to 23, whilst he also claimed three assists on the night.
The 28-year-old senior project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation was delighted with his personal haul and the team’s performance.
“I have scored more than four in a Sunday league game, but this is the first time I have netted more than three in the Northern League,” he said.
“It was also my first hat-trick of the season and took my league total to 17, so I’m really pleased.”
Johnson added: “I thought we started the game well then conceded a cheap equaliser from a corner, which probably gave us the kick up the backside which we needed to get going again.
“I thought there were some really good team goals, and although Newton Aycliffe were not at full strength, you can only try to beat what is put in front of you.
“For me it was a continuation because I thought we played well against West Allotment then at Aycliffe last week, and at Bishop Auckland on Friday.
“Tonight we took our chances and were ruthless.
“I know I scored four but we didn’t get selfish in front of goal.”
The skipper nominated his second strike as being the best of the quartet.
He said: “That one was the pick for me because it was a good team goal.
“Jake [Trodd] has played a lovely ball to Andrew Bulford who has just dummied it for me and it was a nice finish.”
Johnson is now looking for Ashington’s upsurge to continue.
“A few honest words were said before the game against West Allotment which cleared the air,” he said.
“Now there’s a buzz in the dressing room. We played well tonight but we have got to keep going.
“We want to get into the top half of the table and kick on, and there’s no reason why we can’t do that.”