MATTY Grieve will warn his Ashington team-mates that they will need to be at their best when they face South West Peninsula premier division outfit Bodmin Town in Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie in Cornwall.
The Black & Ambers – who secured a 2-0 away victory over St Blazey on Tuesday night to stay top of the league – have a proven strike force in Adam Carter, Chris Luxton and Glynn Hobbs.
The trio have rifled almost 60 goals between them this term.
Carter leads the way with 25, Luxton has 21 and Hobbs 13.
But defensive lynchpin Grieve, who has partnered skipper Liam Atkin at the heart of the Colliers defence since his return from a spell with Darlington 1883, is confident the Colliers can stifle the danger.
“Liam and myself have been playing quite well recently,” said the 22-year-old office supervisor for a firm on the Team Valley estate.
“We have learned a lot from where we have been in the past playing together in the youth team at Newcastle United, so that should give us an advantage.
“And obviously you pick things up as you go through stages of your development as well.
“We will definitely give Bodmin respect and the fact that the three strikers have bagged as many goals this season proves that are a force to be reckoned with – so we all need to be on our guard.” Grieve, who had a brief spell with the Quakers before returning to Woodhorn Lane in September last year, added: “I’ve been quite happy with my own form since I came back from Darlington.
“I didn’t want to leave Ashington in the first place and manager Gary Middleton has put me in the team since I re-signed. I can’t wait for Saturday.”