Ashington defender James Harmison hoping to be fit for derby

Ashington FC's James Harmison.
Ashington FC's James Harmison.

Ashington FC’s former Bedlington Terriers defender James Harmison says he is hoping to be fit and considered for selection for Saturday’s rearranged Wansbeck derby between the two clubs at Welfare Park.

The 34-year-old has missed his side’s last couple of matches with a thigh injury and was close to making a comeback last weekend at West Auckland.

“The injury felt a lot better but I’d have hated to have played and pulled up and then been out for several weeks,” he said.

Defeat at the Seagraves Stadium, where two goals in the final 20 minutes sealed a 2-1 win for the home side, sent the Colliers tumbling to their fifth successive defeat.

Speaking before Tuesday night’s scheduled clash against Washington at Woodhorn Lane, Ashington-born Harmison said: “I get frustrated when I don’t play any games, but the two lads at the back, Ben Christensen and Matty Grieve, are two of the best defenders in the league and were excellent for 70 minutes on Saturday, but things are just not going our way at the moment.

“We have got some cracking players at the club, but since the bad weather and for whatever reason, we haven’t performed and that has got to change quickly.”

Harmison has described Saturday’s derby as being massive for both clubs and said that Ashington will have to be on their guard.

“First and foremost, we have got to roll our sleeves up,” he said.

“Bedlington have picked up recently and we will have to be on our guard, but the game is all about us.

“If the attitude is right and we scrap and fight, which is what is lacking at the moment, then hopefully we can come away with a win.

“It’s a massive derby for us but then it is the same for them.

“From our point of view to get out of our bad run, we have to stick together and the only way is to front up and to stand up and be counted because we cannot hide away.”

Saturday’s game has a 3pm kick-off.