Ashington skipper Craig Scott made a dramatic comeback on Wednesday night when he proved to be the match-winner as the Colliers advanced in the League Cup with a 2-1 success over Billingham Synthonia on Teesside.
The 29-year-old, who was making his first full outing of the campaign following injury, came through the test unscathed and admitted afterwards that he had received some banter from his teammates.
A penalty from Kyle Downey had cancelled out a Danny Brunskill opener for the Synners before Scott’s moment of glory came in the 73rd minute of a generally uninspiring contest.
The Newcastle-born defender said: “I have taken a bit of stick off the lads for trying to cross the ball in, apparently, but I definitely meant it.
“I just thought I would have a go and see what comes of it. I don’t score many like that which go into the top corner, and after trailing 1-0 at half-time, I would have taken it.”
He continued: “It was quite pedestrian out there and we weren’t playing well. We got ourselves together at half-time, went back out and to be fair did a good job because I thought we did well second half.”
Scott will play a waiting game ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Dunston UTS, but flashed a message to boss Steve Harmison that he is available for selection.
“James Harmison and Wayne Buchanan have been playing for all the season really,” he added.
“They have done a really good job and have a solid partnership going.
“The cup match gave the management an opportunity to rest James and ease me back in, and to be fair, I felt good over the 90 minutes, which really surprised me.
“It’s still early days and I’m still trying to build my fitness up, but I’m fit and available for selection for Saturday.”