Walton seeking a belated birthday present

Ashington striker Marc Walton believes it would be the perfect scenario if the Colliers could topple Blyth Spartans and reach the final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup for a second season in a row.

And for Walton, who turned 27 last week, victory over the Croft Park outfit would be a perfect belated birthday present.

Plagued by niggling injuries this term, Walton said: “My season so far has been stop start because I’ve been picking up daft injuries.

“I’m injury free now and just need to get some minutes under my belt to get match fit.

“My aim is to try and get myself in tip top condition for our push towards the end of the campaign.

“Obviously we have the semi-final against Blyth then a League Cup quarter-final tie away to Tow Law, as well as trying to finish as high up the league table as possible.”

Walton, an ex-player at Croft Park, added: “It’ll be nice to play Spartans again. I had some good times when Harry Dunn was in charge, even though I was only there for about eight months.”

Walton, on Newcastle United’s books earlier in his career, put the icing on Ashington’s cake in the final last year as he netted the third goal in a 3-0 victory over Whitley Bay.

“The third basically sealed our win,” he said.

“And if we can get past Blyth Spartans that would be great because I’d like nothing better than for us to make a return to St James’ Park.”