Christensen wants Ashington’s defence to tighten up

Ashington FC defender Ben Christensen, left, in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington FC defender Ben Christensen, left, in action. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington’s versatile defender Ben Christensen is hoping the Colliers can redress the balance when they meet neighbours North Shields at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

But he readily acknowledges that the Wansbeck outfit face another tough game.

Only a fortnight ago the Robins overturned a two-goal deficit against Gary Middleton’s side to win 3-2.

And 28-year-old Christensen, a pastoral worker for Gosforth Junior High Academy, said: “North Shields are a good side. After coming up from the second division of the Ebac Northern League last season they have surprised a few people at how well they have done.

“We will be itching to redress the balance after losing out recently, but we know it will be another tough game.

“You should never lose a game after being two goals up and it was obviously disappointing.

“We have spoken as a team that it will never happen again and Saturday’s contest gives us an early opportunity to even things up.”

Christensen believes there are no individuals with the Robins whilst acknowledging that his own team need to tighten up defensively.

“Shields have togetherness about them,” he added.

“On the night they passed it well and have got threats and pace throughout the team.

“But it is more of a collective thing than them being a bunch of individuals.

“Defensively we definitely need to tighten up – something which we have talked about improving.

“We have not had a settled back four and injuries haven’t helped us either but we have got to stop conceding goals.”

Meanwhile Christensen paid tribute to Ashington’s last line of defence – stopper Conor Grant.

He said: “Conor has been outstanding and is one of the best goalkeepers I have ever played with.

“As a defender he instils confidence and without a doubt his performances between the posts have helped us reach our 29 points tally in the league this season.”