Lee Anderson is ultra confident that Ashington will make it two wins in a row when they face a Bedlington XI for the Les Alderson Memorial Cup at Woodhorn Lane on Sunday.
The full back made plenty of surging and overlapping runs not only during his long serving and distinguished playing career with the Colliers, but also during last season’s contest which his side won 6-3.
But Anderson, who works in the property department for Northumberland County Council, draws his confidence from the fact that his side will again include seasoned striker Alan Hogg.
“Mel Harmison can put his lads through their paces and work them hard in training sessions, but we will have Alan in our side and I have no doubt that we will retain the cup because he’s a goal machine,” he said.
Anderson is also hoping to come face to face with his good friend Micky Cross ahead of the 2pm kick-off.
He added: “Micky struggled to make the start of the game last year and I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that he will arrive in time.”
Meanwhile 43-year-old Anderson, who along with Jimmy Harmison and Steve Harmison, have been beavering away behind the scenes to assemble this year’s squad, revealed it has been an easy task.
“Every single player who we have contacted has agreed to play,” added Anderson.
“But I’m not surprised because Les Alderson was so respected and loved, and we all had a great time last year.
“From the playing side it is all about doing our little bit – at our age it is just about fun, enjoyment and representation and the result is irrelevant.
“At the same time, however, we hope the day will be another overwhelming success in support of a superb cause (Motor Neurone Disease Association) and Nicola Shotton who has worked behind the scenes has been absolutely fabulous.”