Harmison says Robins are ready for Colliers

NORTH Shields’ former Ashington defender James Harmison has warned the Colliers that ‘they will have a game on their hands’ when the two sides meet in the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at the Daren Persson Stadium on Wednesday, March 20.

Thirty-one-year-old Harmison, in his second season with the Robins, added that his team-mates will go into the showdown as big underdogs and will be under no pressure – and are capable of beating anybody on their own patch.

The lynchpin – born in Ashington – cannot wait for the clash.

He said: “It’s a semi-final and a one-off game. We will be under no pressure whatsoever – all of that will be on Ashington – and we have got nothing to lose either.

“The Colliers are one of the best sides in the Ebac Northern League first division and looking at the squad they have got, we will be big underdogs on the night.

“However, we have only lost twice at home all season and recently we battered the league leaders Crook Town and are capable of beating anyone.

“Ashington will have a game on their hands, and there is also the incentive of the final being staged at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, so anything can happen.”

Harmison singled out four players for the Shieldsmen who could have a major input.

“Dean Holmes and Robbie Nolan are both strikers with the latter fourth top scorer in the second division charts, whilst Ben Richardson and Adam Forster are influential in the middle of the park,” he said.

Harmison, who admitted that he is looking forward to playing against the likes of Andrew Johnson and Glen Taylor, is keeping his fingers crossed that his father Jimmy as well as brothers Stephen and Ben will be in attendance.

He said: “They have been to most of our home games and I’m hoping they will be able to make it.”

Meanwhile Woodhorn Lane chairman Ian Lavery said: “I’m looking forward to meeting up once again with a good friend of Ashington CFC, James Harmison.

“James has undoubtedly been one of the best central defenders in the Northern League in his day and he will be giving 100 per cent as normal in an effort to take Shields through to the final at St James’ Park.

“It will be a special occasion not just for us but for James and all of his sporting family, all of whom reside in Ashington.”

The game kicks-off at 7.30pm.