Christensen believes Ashington have nothing to lose in replay with Spartans

Ashington FC defender Ben Christensen in action. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington FC defender Ben Christensen in action. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington’s former Blyth Spartans defender Ben Christensen believes they have got nothing to lose when they go into Tuesday night’s Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final replay at Croft Park (7.30pm kick-off).

Christensen, who has been a consistent performer for the Colliers after joining from Shildon in mid-October of last year, said ahead of the tie: “We more than matched Blyth when we played them at our place a few weeks ago, and I thought we were quite unlucky not to win because it was a shame to concede an equaliser so late into extra time.

“As far as I’m concerned, we will be approaching the replay in the same manner and quite simply, we have got nothing to lose.

“We will also be massive underdogs on the night because we are two leagues below them.

“Everyone is expecting Blyth to beat us, but as we proved in the first game, we are more than a match for them.

“I thought we played some good football a few weeks ago and we need to do exactly the same at Croft Park.

“They have got some good players – but then so have we.”

Christensen, who believes the surface will suit Ashington’s style of play, reckons the game will be a noisy affair on the terraces.

“I imagine the Blyth fans will be loud and vocal, but we should be taking a good following and be just as loud,” he said.

“Our supporters have been fantastic all season and it is important that they will be there to offer there support.”