Christensen wants defensive improvements for derby game

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Ashington’s Whitley Bay born defender Ben Christensen has admitted that his side need to improve with their defensive qualities ahead of the Bank Holiday Monday contest against Bedlington Terriers at Woodhorn Lane.

Before Tuesday night’s FA Cup extra preliminary round replay at home to Holker Old Boys, Christensen has seen the Colliers concede two goals in all three matches to date – against Jarrow Roofing, Morpeth Town and Holker.

He said he is fully aware the situation needs addressing.

“We need to tighten up defensively,” he said.

“We conceded another two soft goals at Holker on Saturday, and although I would put the second one down as being affected by the conditions - because the wind was a total leveller and played a major part - there are no excuses.

“We are working throughout the team on our defensive duties, not just the back four but also the midfield and the forwards.”

Christensen, a pastoral manager at Gosforth Junior High School, added: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“I missed last year’s game where we got beat, so we need to balance things up.

“They obviously have a few of our ex-players, which adds a little bit more spice to the game, and although it’s going to be a really competitive fixture, it is hopefully one which we can get three points from.”

Christensen, who earlier in his career wore the Terriers colours, added: “Being an ex-player you get motivated even more.

“I had two good years at Bedlington, but when you play against your former team you always want to put one over them, and especially when it’s a local derby.

“The crowd is a bit bigger and more fired up and the players react.”