New Durham City manager Chris Moore will be asking his players to give him an early birthday present when they face Ashington at Consett’s Belle Vue Stadium on Saturday.
Moore’s side have lost all three matches under his leadership, so a victory for his squad will provide him with the perfect tonic and help him celebrate his 32nd birthday on Sunday.
The former Darlington, Gateshead and Whitley Bay player enjoyed a four-month stint with the Colliers earlier in the season before leaving to take up his first managerial role at the beginning of December.
The Citizens are lying five places and only four points away from third bottom of the Ebac Northern League’s first division, but Newcastle-born Moore is confident that his outfit will climb away to safety.
Moore, a football coach at Durham University, said: “I’m getting to know both the club and the players and can see what is needed.
“Over the next month, I’m hoping to bring a few new players in with a view to being able to work with a settled squad and to start to win matches.
“For the visit of Ashington on Saturday, it will be good to meet up with friends again.
“I know the Colliers squad well, but they have made a couple of signings and have a good squad of players.”
Youngsters Tom Gilbey and Michael King left Ashington to join Moore, with the former likely to be in the squad on Saturday.
Durham went down 3-0 in a friendly against Ryhope Colliery Welfare on Saturday, but Moore was pleased by what he saw, describing the game as a good workout for his team.