Ashington’s former long serving Bedlington lynchpin James Harmison has insisted that sentiment will not come into the equation when the two Wansbeck clubs lock horns in the local derby at Welfare Park on Saturday.
Harmison enjoyed a highly successful 13 years with Bedlington.
He said: “We won the title five years in a row as well as having FA Vase runs in what I reckon was the best Northern League team.
“They were great days which I will never forget.”
However, as he turned his attentions to this weekend, the 34 year old Ashington-born defender said: “It’s a derby and we want to win so we can keep climbing the table in our bid to push for a place in the top six.
“We need to improve on our consistency, but it will be tough. Games between the two clubs are always are tight affairs where the form book goes out of the window and whichever side rolls their sleeves up and battles will win.
“They are scrapping for their lives in the first division, and aside from Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at home to West Auckland, have picked up of late.
“But we will hold nothing back and have no fears, and although I spent many years with the Terriers, there will be no sentiment or sympathetic vote from myself come 3pm.”
However, Harmison hopes his ex-club will escape the relegation trap door.
“I don’t want to see them go down,” he added.
“We need Bedlington in the division as much as they need us. Hopefully they can get back into a winning groove – but after Saturday’s clash!”