Skinner expects plenty of goals in Bedlington v Ashington derby

Bedlington Terriers manager Ian Skinner reckons there are plenty of positives in favour of his side as they go into the white hot cauldron of Friday’s Boxing Day clash against neighbours Ashington at Welfare Park (11am kick-off).

And the 38-year-old boss, a football development officer for the Northumberland Football Association, believes there will be plenty of goals in the clash.

“I have a lot of friends at Ashington but we will be looking to complete the double,” he said.

“The Wansbeck derby is always a game we look forward too and we are going into it with lots of confidence having won the corresponding match at Woodhorn Lane.

“We are also playing well; have found our form again and got our confidence back as a side.

“On top of that we are scoring lots of goals at the moment, with 17 in our last two league games.

“We will be positive and have a game plan on how we think we can cause Ashington problems, but I reckon there will be plenty of goals, for as well as we are going forward, we are struggling a bit defensively.

“Hopefully after 90 minutes we will score more than they do to win the game.”

Craig Hindmarsh (knee), Colin Morton (achilles), Matthew Greenwood (ankle) and Stephen Little (knee), are all ruled out of the reckoning, as is Liam Davison due to working commitment, whilst keeper Sean McCafferty and defender Paul Dunn face late fitness tests.

“Sean is rated as 50-50 but we are blessed in that department as we also have Dan Staples and Luc Glasper available to us,” added Skinner.