He’s the hotshot striker who just cannot stop scoring.

But Ashley Flynn admits it’s the hard work of his AFC Emley team-mates that have made this record-breaking season possible.

Flynn, 26, has hit an astonishing 74 goals for the Welfare Ground club this season and helped put them in a great position to challenge for promotion.

The striker had to sit out Tuesday night’s 4-1 win at Hall Road Rangers which put the club in third place in the league.

He hit the magical 70 mark in the Northern Counties East League First Division game against Yorkshire Amateur last month, scoring all four goals in Emley’s emphatic win.

It was back in January that Flynn made history as he smashed the NCEL goal scoring record in fine fashion to help secure his side all three points against Eccleshill United.

AFC Emley players congratulate Ashley Flynn, second left, on his hat trick at Dronfield Town. Picture by Mark Parsons

The striker netted two second half goals in the 4-1 victory to take his tally to 57 for the season, overtaking the previous record held by Kieran Debrouwer at Heanor Town in the 2013/14 season.

It has meant people have been labelling him the next Jamie Vardy, as the Leicester City star firing his side to a possible Premier League title was scoring goals in non-league football just four seasons ago.

And he has attracted the attention of soccer pundit Robbie Savage, who has praised his scoring record.

But Flynn, of Dalton, remains grounded.

He is modest when it comes to talking about his exploits and is quick to praise the work of his team-mates and manager Darren Hepworth.

In April last year, a video of his attempt at a Panenka penalty went viral when, rather than scoring a clever goal, he succeeded only in chipping the ball to the bemused goalkeeper.

Watch the viral video below!

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Ashley apologised on Twitter

And proved he could make the tricky shot against Clipstone FC - watch it below!

Video thumbnail, Ashley Flynn's successful panenka penalty
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This is his 10th season in football, having started with a bang by becoming top scorer for the former Syngenta Sports side in the Huddersfield Works League when aged just 16.

He played for Emley three years ago, then left for a season, but has now been back with the Welfare Ground club for the past two seasons, although the last campaign was blighted by injury.

“It’s a great time and I’m really enjoying the football. They are a great set of lads and we are all enjoying how this season is going.

“I’m a down to earth sort of lad and people who think I’ll be all cocky because of the goals couldn’t be more wrong.

“I had set myself a target of between 35 and 40 goals for the season as a whole and it’s amazing I am where I am at the minute.

“My previous best in a season was 42 so I’m already well ahead of that. I had the bad knee injury last year which hampered me but I got in a really good pre-season and I like to think I work really hard for the team and for the manager.

Ashley Flynn (right)
Ashley Flynn (right)

“I’ve missed some games this season so could have probably got a few more goals. They are all special but I think the favourite has to be my third goal last weekend agaisnt Dronfield Town.

“I’d scored one and a second from the penalty spot but the third flew into the top corner from 30 yards. Their keeper never moved and he said afterwards he had never seen it”.

Emley manager Darren Hepworth has tweeted his support for Flynn.

Flynn also turns out with his mates in the Wellington team on Sundays and has helped them reach more cup finals this season - even though he sometimes turns out as full-back!

And he continues to support Newcastle United despite their woes this season.

Flynn tweeted: “Please give me a 6-week trial and get me fit in pre season. I will score you goals.”