Ashington FC’s Andy Ferrell cannot wait for the local derby clash against Bedlington at Welfare Park on Boxing Day (11am).
The midfielder, who will be 31 next month, is a former Terrier and realises that the Colliers need a boost as they are going through a sticky patch.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I played seven to eight games for Bedlington during my time with the club, and derby encounters are always special games whether at home or away.
“We need a massive lift because at the moment we are going one step forward and two steps back.
“It’s been a stop start season where we are maybe not getting the rub of the green - but it’s not for the want of trying.”
Ferrell, who admits the squad cannot allow themselves to be downbeat, is urging them to adopt a winning mentality.
He added: “We cannot allow our heads to drop because there are still points to play for.
“We cannot feel sorry for ourselves either or lose every week because it then gets boring for us, the fans, the chairman and the manager.
“If we go down against a better team then we put our hands up, but a winning mentality is what we need.
“The form book goes out of the window in derbies and we’ll be up for the game on Boxing Day.”
He added: “I didn’t think we deserved to win against North Shields, but on the other hand I didn’t think we deserved to lose either.
“At the minute we are on a poor run and it’s not a nice feeling, and right now I’d rather take an ugly 1-0 win than a pretty 1-0 defeat.”