Lee Scott came off the bench to play a leading role as Ashington ended a disastrous run of eight consecutive defeats on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over West Allotment Celtic at Woodhorn Lane.
The Ashington-born striker, handed a recall to the starting line up, gave his side the lead seconds before half-time then turned provider to set up the Colliers’ second netted by James Taylor.
However, Scott played down his part in the performance, claiming that the result was the all important factor.
He said: “I was delighted to get a recall. I haven’t been in the side much and I’ve been itching to get a chance.
“However, the most important thing was not the fact that I scored the first goal and made another, it was the three points and a win, which we’ve been seeking for a while.
“We’ve had a really good week and quite honestly the Shildon game which was called off has done us the world of good.
“We’ve had good training sessions and the work rate we have put into them has paid off.
“Harsh words were also exchanged last week, but we have all responded tremendously.
“I didn’t think our quality was quite there today, but the graft and commitment from all of the lads was.
“We were getting to a stage where we couldn’t rule out being involved in a relegation battle because we were starting to get dragged down there, but the win may give us a push up the league and give us a bit of a platform to build on until the end of the season.”
For his goal and assist, Scott said: “Andrew Bulford has done well and heard the call from me. I in turn listened to Andrew Johnson and I tried to flick it onto him. The ball has landed between me and the centre half and I said to the lads, it was one of them in the playground when you are a youngster where you both try to kick it off each other and I’ve managed to nick it off him then do what I normally do, find the back of the net.
“For the second goal, I found myself down the channel, which is unusual for me. I normally stay between the two posts, but I managed to pick out James [Taylor] and it was a great strike.”
Ashington travel to face Bishop Auckland on Friday with Scott hoping to celebrate his 25th birthday in style.
He said: “We’ve got to try and push on because since Christmas it’s been a disappointing last couple of months, where to be frank, we basically haven’t turned up at games.
“We have not just let the fans down, but also the management and ourselves, and today is a building block for us with the hope that we can push on from here and go on a little bit of a run.”