Midfield schemer Mark O’Dea is hoping the playing surface at St James’ Park will suit Ashington’s style of football when the Colliers do battle with neighbours Whitley Bay in the Northumberland Senior Cup final on Wednesday.
O’Dea, a 31-year-old PE teacher at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, netted what turned out to be a consolation goal when the sides clashed in the final three years ago.
He is looking for a different outcome this time round.
“I’m very much looking forward to it,” he said.
“I played in the game three years ago and scored but was bitterly disappointed with the result as we lost 2-1, so I hope we can get a win on this occasion.
“We want to do ourselves justice really but we also want to pull off a result.
“I think we deserve some silverware for all the efforts which the lads have put in over the past few seasons, especially this campaign, and I think it would be a good way to finish off the season.”
And O’Dea is looking forward to stepping out at St James’ Park again.
“The pitch was brilliant when we played in the 2009-10 season, it was lovely,” he said.
“We have a lot of good footballers in the team who like to get the ball down and play so the surface and the size of the pitch will hopefully suit our style, encourage us to play football and knock it around.
“We have worked so hard to reach the final and it would be great to get something to show for the season.”
The game kicks-off at 7pm.