By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC midfielder Kyle Downey was cursing his luck on Saturday after being left frustrated despite his side clinching a 2-0 victory over Team Northumbria at Woodhorn Lane.
Downey scored both goals in the fifth and 16th minutes – but was left to kick every ball in the second period from the new stand after having to retire at half time with an injury. The 23 year old machine operator curled a delightful free kick to open the scoring then added a second from the penalty spot: “I scored from a direct free kick on a number of occasions last year,” he said, “When you strike a ball well, you can see it going in soon after it has left your foot and that’s what happened today. I was also our penalty taker last season and I know Ben Harmison took them when I was not on the pitch but I took responsibility today and was delighted to send the ‘keeper the wrong way.” However, Ashington-born Downey was being replaced at the interval: “I took a knock in my back after half an hour,” he said, “When I came in at half time, it seized up and unfortunately I was unable to carry on. Ironically I’ve done well to get myself fit again after picking up an injury towards the end of pre season which set me back a bit but I’m hoping I will be okay for our away trip to face Bishop Auckland on Wednesday.” He went on: “I’m really enjoying my football. We are a lot more solid at the back and have got a bit more stability about ourselves so it’s onwards and upwards.”