Johnson double sends Saints home happy

Pressure on the Willington Quay Saints goal in their 2-1 win at Hexham.
Pressure on the Willington Quay Saints goal in their 2-1 win at Hexham.
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Willington Quay Saints recorded back to back victories for the first time this season thanks to another double from Glen ‘Glenroy’ Johnson as their bid to beat relegation gathered pace with a fine 2-1 victory away to Hexham.

After an uneventful first half hour Hexham took the lead when Mark Gibson headed home at the back post after Quay keeper Carl Henderson had misjudged a looping cross – the first goal he had conceded since his comeback.

Micky Austin had Quay’s best opening but headed wide as he searched for his first ever Saints goal in his 90th game.

Minutes after half-time the score was level as Johnson tapped home from six yards as the Hexham keeper spilled a routine cross to gift Quay a way back into the game.

Five minutes later Saints were ahead as Johnson grabbed his second, slotting home from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area for his fourth successful spot kick in four games.

Johnson should have been walking away with match ball as he somehow hit the bar with the goal gaping after Ryan Ferriers’ shot was palmed into his path as Saints looked to kill the game off. John Foggett also went close with a long range effort.

Hexham piled on the pressure in a frantic last ten minutes but Saints’ defence stood firm to deny an equaliser and secure a priceless victory in the battle to avoid the drop.

Willington Quay Saints: C Henderson, Austin, Foggett, D Johnson, Cape, M Henderson, King, Starling (Ancrum 65), Ferrier, Macbeth (Chirnside 50), G Johnson.