Terriers defender Harmison believes pressure on Ashington

Bedlington’s Ashington born defender James Harmison believes all the derby pressure will be on the Colliers ahead of the scheduled clash between the two clubs at Welfare Park on Friday morning (11am).

The Terriers skipper said: “All of our lads are looking forward to it and cannot wait.

“It will be a tough game but if we can play the way we have been playing all season I’m confident we can get a result, especially with the pace we have up front which will cause problems.”

The 33-year-old added: “We will be hoping to complete the double and as Ashington have already lost twice this season against Morpeth and North Shields as well as at Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup and against us in the league back in August, I reckon they will be under a lot of pressure.

“Having said that, we will not be taking anything for granted and in Andrew Johnson, Ashington have, in my opinion, one of the best players in the Northern League, so we will have to be on our guard.”

Harmison meanwhile is delighted as the Terriers, who led the first division table earlier in the campaign, are currently on 38 points with just over half of there fixtures played.

He added: “At the start of season our manager Ian Skinner said he wanted us to reach 40 points as soon as possible, then for us to finish as high as we can.

“We were top of the table for a while then we lost five games in a row during a period where we had a few suspensions and injuries to key players.

“But we have won three of our last four games scoring a lot of goals in the process, and the confidence is back to where it was before our sticky patch.

“On Friday we just want to win the game – it’s as simple as that.”