MIDFIELDER Andrew Dugdale is hoping to win a fitness battle and put himself into contention for a place in the Ashington squad for Monday’s derby against Bedlington Terriers at Welfare Park.
Former Terrier Dugdale limped out of Saturday’s opening league clash against Billingham Synthonia after only six minutes nursing a calf strain.
The 31-year-old immediately applied an ice pack on the injury but although ruling himself out of the Colliers clash against Whitley Bay in midweek, Dugdale reckons he has an outside chance of being fit for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Marske United – which is followed less than 48 hours later by the derby.
He said: “I went for a tackle, pulled up sharply and felt my calf go.
“The injury has settled down a bit since Saturday and I’ll be having treatment this week.
“I’d put a lot of work into building up my fitness but then had to sit out a couple of friendlies due to a hamstring knock.
“I’m enjoying my football at Ashington but it’s a case of playing a waiting game as far as I’m concerned – not just for this weekend but also for Monday.”