Ashington will give Bedlington the ‘ultimate respect’ – Harmison

Marc Walton in action for Ashington, who he will face on Saturday when playing for Bedlington Terriers. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Marc Walton in action for Ashington, who he will face on Saturday when playing for Bedlington Terriers. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison said his outfit will give Bedlington Terriers the ultimate respect when the two clubs come face to face at Welfare Park on Saturday.

The home side go into the game struggling at the wrong end of the Ebac Northern League division one table.

The Woodhorn Lane boss said: “It’ll be a tough game and we’ll see some familiar faces.

“We have got players in our ranks that played for Bedlington and vice versa, and it will be good to see them.

“Tony Stephenson was excellent for me last year. He wanted to play first team football which we couldn’t promise him at the start of the season and he went to pastures new [Seaham then Bedlington], whilst Marc Walton did great things for the Colliers, scoring some great goals, and manager Andy Ferrell had a good season and a half with Ashington, so it will be nice to see those lads again.”

Despite a run of three defeats from their last five outings, Harmison harbours hopes of his outfit reaching the top six of the Ebac Northern League’s first division.

He added: “We will respect Bedlington, but where we are, we have got to be looking to stop this little bit of a run which we are on, defeat wise.

“We are at the half way mark and are looking to start again, and for me if the effort, endeavour and work rate which we showed at Guisborough continues then we will do alright.

“Certainly we’ll beat more teams than we will lose, and that for me is the challenge for this group of players at Woodhorn Lane to go forward.

“If they can maintain the three ingredients in our game we will get things turned.

“And provided we do that and things go our way, we will then start looking to be in the top six and not be around mid-table.”

Definitely ruled out for the Woodhorn Lane side will be Scott Blandford, Dylan Williamson and Kyle Oliver, but Harmison is hoping skipper Andrew Johnson will be back in the squad after injury and illness respectively.