Striker Walton fit and ready for Colliers call

GOAL hungry striker Marc Walton issued a ‘count me in’ message to manager Ashington CFC Gary Middleton this week ahead of the rearranged FA Vase clash against South West Peninsula Premier League leaders Bodmin Town in Cornwall on Saturday.

The 25-year-old said he would have declared himself fit if the tie had gone ahead as scheduled last weekend.

Walton had been nursing a calf injury.

“I trained last Wednesday and had no reaction, then we had a work out on Tynemouth beach on Saturday and I’ve come through that, so I’m raring to go and want the boss to count me in his squad.

“Like the rest of the lads, I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait because it represents our biggest game of the campaign.”

Walton, who joined the club just over a year ago from fellow Ebac Northern League first division side Consett, added: “I’ve settled in perfectly at Woodhorn Lane.

“I love the club and am very happy here.”

And the striker, who has bulged the net on no fewer than 24 occasions – excluding the penalty he tucked away in the league clash at Norton & Stcokton Ancients which was abandoned at half-time due to fog – is eager to add to his already impressive haul this term.

“Before the season began I set myself a target of 40 goals and I’ll be trying to kick on in the second half of the campaign to try and double my tally,” he said.

“I started the season well and was flying, then I had a dip but I’m happy with the way I’m playing.”