Ben hopes to come out on top against his best man

Ashington striker Ben Harmison. Picture by Gavin Perry.
Ashington striker Ben Harmison. Picture by Gavin Perry.

Ben Harmison is hoping to put one over his best friend Sean McCafferty when Ashington make the short trip to face FA Vase holders North Shields on Saturday in the second round of the competition at the Daren Persson Stadium.

Colliers striker Harmison netted his eighth goal of the campaign last weekend in his side’s 3-1 victory over Jarrow Roofing.

On Saturday he will be concentrating all his intentions on keeping the run going.

Harmison, 29, said ahead of the clash: “Sean hasn’t played for the past few weeks because of an ankle injury and if he gets the number one jersey it is going to be weird playing against him.

“He was best man at my wedding just over a year ago, but come 3pm on Saturday I hope he will have best man duties of another kind – the best man to pick the ball out of the net.

“I’ll be focused and not see him as a friend for 90 minutes, and I won’t mind if he is named man of the match so long as we win.

“I haven’t played against Sean before and I would love to put a couple of goals past him.

“We’ll shake hands at the end, go for a drink then have a joke and a laugh.”

Ashington-born Harmison added: “It’ll be a hard game for us but it’s equally a hard game for them.

“Hopefully it will attract a good crowd and the weather be OK and it will be a good day for everyone.”

Harmison is relishing his role up as a striker.

“I played at centre half in my junior days but over the past couple of years,” he said.

“I’ve gone up front and I have got some attributes with my physicality and height.

“I like to try and hold the ball up for the team and I’ve got eight goals in 11 games and it helps when you have got good players around you with pace like Andrew Johnson, Chris Moore and Dylan Williamson.

“Ashington are my home club and I’m loving it.”