Ashington FC goalkeeper Conor Grant reckons the derby clash against rivals Bedlington on Boxing Day morning is a perfect chance for the Colliers to return to form.
The Woodhorn Lane outfit go into the game suffering three defeats from their last four outings, but the 24-year-old, a student at Newcastle University, said: “This will be my first appearance in this derby and I’m really looking forward to it.
“We are going through a bad patch at the moment but the game presents a perfect opportunity for us to get back on track.
“Obviously as a team we need to turn our form around and get some wheels on the bus, but if we play at the top of our game we can beat anybody in this league.”
He continued: “Our problem at the moment is that we are too inconsistent, one week we are up and the next we are down.
“We need to grind out results like in our 1-0 victory at Dunston, whereas as things stand, it’s as if we need to play really well to get a result.
“We also need to do the simple things a bit better.”
Grant is enjoying life at Woodhorn Lane.
“I came here to play because I felt I was wasted by sitting on the bench and not playing,” he said.
“I wanted to play some games and get my form back as I had suffered a couple of injuries in the summer and don’t think I was 100 per cent fit when I first came to Ashington.
“I reckon I am getting back to my best now and I just want to be the best I can be.”