Wansbeck derby will be a ‘good game’ for Ashington – boss Harmison

Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington manager Steve Harmison. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison has described Saturday’s Wansbeck derby as being a good game for his side.

The clash, which was postponed less than a fortnight ago, promises to be an intriguing contest, but for varying reasons for both sides.

Before Tuesday’s scheduled clash at home to Washington, Harmison’s outfit, striving for a top six place, had lost four league matches on the bounce as well as their Northumberland Senior Cup game at North Shields whilst the Terriers are desperately trying to stay in the top flight.

“They are fighting hard and secured a good point at North Shields on Saturday,” said Harmison following his side’s 2-1 reverse at West Auckland.

“We are in a position in the league where we are maybe feeling sorry for ourselves.

“We want to be challenging in the top six but instead have got into a little bit of a rut and have got some tough games coming up.

“We are a middle of the road side at this moment in time and I think the derby will be a good game for us, and a game we desperately need because it might be one where it focuses us a little bit.

We have got some friends in the Bedlington dressing room and we don’t want them to get one up on us.

“They are fighting for their lives, just like West Auckland and the Durham outfit have just proved that if you’ve got a just cause to go and fight and you work hard and keep going then you have a chance of getting something.”

Scott Blandford and Dylan Williamson, both ruled out for the remainder of the season, will miss out on a return to their former club whilst Harmison will be keeping his fingers crossed for a clean bill of health from the rest of his playing squad after Tuesday night’s Ebac Northern League clash against Washington at Woodhorn Lane.