Winning goal was ‘extra special’ for North Shields’ ex-Ashington striker

North Shields striker Gareth Bainbridge. Picture by Ally Middleton
North Shields striker Gareth Bainbridge. Picture by Ally Middleton
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North Shields’ former Ashington striker Gareth Bainbridge scored his fourth goal of the season against the Colliers this term.

And following sealing his side three points at Wodhorn Lane, he admitted the feeling was extra special.

Bainbridge notched a brace in the recent Ebac Northern League match at the Daren Persson Stadium between the two sides to add to his extra time winner in the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup clash.

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old netted in the last minute of the 90 to clinch a 1-0 win for his outfit.

“I enjoy scoring goals in general, but hitting the back of the net against Ashington is a bit extra special,” he said.

Bainbridge, who spent five years with Ashington, will forever be in the history books of the club after scoring the last ever goal at the old Portland Park ground and the first at Woodhorn Lane.

He added: “Last season I was injured and missed out on a return to Wansbeck, so this was the first time I have played at the Lane again.

“I have been in and out of the side but now I’m back in the flow.

“I had a few chances which I should have put away, but I just keep persevering.

“I never hide and know I am always going to get another chance, and thankfully it came before the end of the game.”

But Bainbridge admitted to having a slice of good fortune with his goal.

“Michael McKeown has put the ball across and I haven’t caught it at all,” he added.

“The ball has come off both thighs and I’ve bundled it in – but they all count.”