Ashington the underdogs against Blyth Spartans – Johnson

Despite being the holders of the Techflow Northumberland Senior Cup, Ashington skipper Andrew Johnson reckons his side will go into Tuesday’s semi-final clash against local rivals Blyth Spartans as underdogs.

However, the 26-year-old, who works as a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, firmly believes that if the Colliers have hopes of going back to St James’ Park for a second successive season, they must make their home form count as well as returning to their supreme best.

“All of the lads are looking forward to the game without question,” he said.

“We play all season for clashes like this, but Blyth have got some good players and are having a great year and we are certainly under no illusions, we know it is going to be tough.

“We will be the underdogs on the night but I fancy us against anyone on our home pitch.”

Johnson was happier with Ashington’s performance in the 1-1 draw against Consett on Saturday – but knows they can still find another gear.

He added: “I thought we played alright, but at the moment we are just not getting the rub of the green.

“Ideally we need to recapture the form we showed recently in home wins against Celtic Nation and West Auckland. If we can do that then we will give ourselves a fighting chance.”