Bedlington Terriers’ former Ashington striker Lee Scott believes his side have one of the best team chemistries and a togetherness which has so far stood them in good stead this season.
Scott’s club currently occupy eighth place in the first division of the Ebac Northern League.
The 23-year-old, a sports coach and gym attendant at the Hirst Welfare in Ashington, said: “We have had a decent season for a young team. We had a dodgy patch in November but we came through it.
“Obviously Ashington are going to be looking for revenge not just because of the score line in the previous game where we won 3-1 but because of the way we played.”
He continued: “We controlled the game quite comfortably so I think Ashington will be looking for a better performance this time round.
“However, if we can play with the attacking and passing philosophy that our manager Ian Skinner has instilled into us this season, we can beat any of the top teams in the league.
“But there is only one thing which matters on Friday, and that is the three points.”
Scott was on target twice in the corresponding game at Woodhorn Lane and has already reached the target he visualised when he joined the club.
“I set myself a haul of 20 for the season, and with 17 in the league as well as three in the FA Vase, I have achieved that by Christmas,” he said.
“So anything from now on will purely be a bonus.
“To be fair I don’t put pressure on myself to score because I know I’ll be in the right positions at the right time and I’ve always had that philosophy.
“Results wise it’s all about the team, we’re looking forward to the Ashington game and can’t wait to get out there.
“As a squad, the togetherness and team chemistry we have got is probably one of the best in the Northern League.
“No one stands above the rest and things are working really well for us.”
Although he appeared in the Channel Four game show ‘Deal or no Deal’ recently, Scott has no special plans outlined for the return derby.
“A hat-trick would be nice,” he said.
“But other than that, I’m not looking for a personal deal on Boxing Day – it’s about the team and not me.
“Being part of the TV programme was a cracking experience and I enjoyed it, even though I did not get the outcome I had hoped for.”
He concluded: “Come the end of the campaign, I don’t just want to look back and reflect on a decent season – I want this to be the catalyst for the next five years and more.”