“THAT PERFORMANCE IS UP THERE AS BEING AS GOOD A GOALKEEPING DISPLAY THAT I’VE EVER SEEN”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner hailed a crème dela crème goalkeeping performance on Saturday as his outfit hit the victory trail for the first time in five matches with a narrow 2-1 verdict over Penrith.
Colliers sub Adam Johnson struck the winner after Luke Hunter had cancelled out an opener from the home sides Robbie Dale.
However, the Woodhorn Lane boss was not lauding one of his own stoppers but Aaran Taylor – the custodian for the Cumbrians!
Skinner commented afterwards: “All I will say is I that I hope the Penrith lads bought their ‘keeper a drink or two either at the bar or at a stop off on the trip back across to Cumbria. That performance from Aaran Taylor is up there with as good a goalkeeping display that I’ve ever seen – certainly I can’t think of too many better ones since watching the game as a kid through to coaching for the last 20 years. The save he made from Lee Mason’s header in the first half – where he’s going the wrong way and throws an arm out and tips the ball onto the bar – was unbelievable but that was just one of many. We were probably in double figures for the number of chances we created and I’m not just talking about saves which Aaran made – I’m talking about him making saves which were top drawer.”