Players need to lose Jekyll and Hyde tag – Middleton

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MANAGER Gary Middleton has labelled Ashington a ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ side and has urged them to adopt a winning mentality as they prepare to home in on the end of the season.

The Colliers boss was speaking on a rare Easter weekend where his side were without a fixture.

But with three away games coupled to as many at Woodhorn Lane, Middleton knows that his squad face what could be dubbed an enthralling finale and last month of the campaign.

Their six remaining games include home matches against FA Carlsberg Vase finalists Dunston UTS and West Auckland.

The attraction of the latter two clubs should pump the adrenalin into overtime.

Sandwiched in-between those fixtures lies the opportunity for the Wansbeck outfit to complete what would be a unique hat-trick when they travel to face defending STL Northern League champions Spennymoor Town.

The Colliers caused an upset in early December with a deserved 2-0 victory over the Brewery Field side in the third round of the FA Vase and then racked up a comprehensive 4-1 win over the Moors at the Lane in January.

A relaxed Middleton, pictured, said at the weekend: “Our goal is still the same and we will view the remaining games as a chance to secure as many points as possible.

“We have got three of the top teams to play and our challenge will be to see how good we are – and if we were to finish the season in the top four or five, then that would be great.

“However, before our 11 days break we had only collected four points out of 12, which was disappointing.

“We had expected to take something from our game at Bishop Auckland but lost whilst Consett had beaten Spennymoor three days before we played them so the win over the Steelmen was a good one.

“We went down 4-0 to Sunderland RCA then struggled against Marske at home.

“We are Jekyll and Hyde side and I’m sick of it.

“The top teams like Dunston and West Auckland churn out results week in, week out.

“They have got a winning mentality and we need to make sure that we add that to our armoury.”

Ashington’s run in: Wednesday April 11 v Newcastle Benfield (away); Saturday April 14 v Dunston UTS (home); Wednesday April 18 v Spennymoor Town (away); Saturday April 21 v Penrith (away); Tuesday April 24 v Billingham Synthonia (home); Saturday April 28 v West Auckland (home).