Ashington FC’s former Dunston midfielder Michael Dixon says the Colliers can still stake a claim to finish in the top six of the Ebac Northern League’s first division.
The 33-year-old is due to face his ex-club at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
“We are in a rich vein of form at the moment and have finally got a bit of consistency in the team and a top six place is still possible,” he said.
“The enforced lay-off due to the bad weather earlier in the campaign didn’t help us, because at the time we had a bit of momentum going.
“When the programme recommenced, we hit a spell where we went eight games without a win, and had we picked up a minimum of six points we would now be sitting in the top five.”
Dixon added that Ashington should use his former club as a yard-stick.
“Dunston were never out of the top six in the league and it’s a yardstick for us,” he said.
“I know they have two scheduled games in midweek against our one, but as the table stands at the moment, we are currently two points ahead of them, which is pleasing ahead of Saturday’s clash.”
Dixon, who was skipper of the UTS outfit last season, added: “I’m so used to finishing in the top six, and from a personal angle that will provide me with an incentive and drive me on in our remaining six games this season.”
Dixon spent nine seasons with the Blues, where he won his only medal in senior football when Dunston beat West Auckland 2-0 in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 2012.
He added: “I have been in senior football since I was 18 and lifting the Vase is the highlight of my career.
“We had a group of players who were aged between 28 and 33 and didn’t take much managing, and it will certainly be good to see some old faces again on Saturday.”
Michael Dixon’s father Paul, a former striker with Ashington, also has an FA Vase winners medal after helping Blue Star lift the trophy at the old Wembley Stadium in 1978 with a 2-1 victory over Barton Rovers.