JONNY Godsmark hopes to be able to face Newport Pagnell on Saturday as the Colliers look to reach the fifth round proper of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
However, the ex-Newcastle United striker knows that he faces a race against time in order to be fit after picking up a hamstring injury.
The 22-year-old initially pulled up in the game against Whitley Bay over five weeks ago and was ruled out until he returned as a substitute in Ashington’s 3-1 win over Norton & Stockton Ancients on January 2.
However, after being named in the starting line-up against Tow Law Town ten days ago, Godsmark, an apprentice engineer, felt the injury again and was replaced by Gareth Bainbridge after 18 minutes.
“I felt fine in the warm-up but felt a twinge, and if I had played on then I could have done more damage,” said Godsmark.
“I have done a bit of light running and suffered no reaction but I don’t want to push too far too soon.
“Manager Gary Middleton has told me to do whatever feels right and I’ll be receiving treatment this week in the hope of having as much a chance as possible of playing on Saturday.
“My hamstring feels okay but I am not going to know until I test it out 100 per cent.
“I reckon my chances are more than 50/50 in favour of playing and I’ll be leaving things until the last minute.”