Wansbeck derby a must win for both sides ­– Christensen

Ashington defender Ben Christensen. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington defender Ben Christensen. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington’s former Bedlington defender Ben Christensen has described his side’s clash in the local derby at Welfare Park on Saturday as being a must win game for both sides.

The 29-year-old, who had a two-year stint with the Terriers five years ago, said: “Although we picked up maximum points against Whitley Bay and Durham City, since Christmas we haven’t performed to what we are capable of and are now in a mini rut.

“We were poor against Consett, but last weekend against Guisborough, although I thought we performed well and deserved to get something from the game, we didn’t get a bit of luck.”

Whitley Bay-born Christensen, a trainee PE teacher, added: “The last few games have been spoiled by the wind, but if conditions are favourable and the pitch is in good shape, we can get the ball down and play.

“Without doubt this is a must win game for us, but the same can be said for Bedlington, because they need three points just as much as us.

“They will be looking at our recent run of results and fancy their chances of a victory, and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Shiremoor-based Christensen has been happy to wear the captain’s armband twice in the past week with Andrew Johnson sidelined due to injury then illness.

“I’ve enjoyed being skipper,” he added.

“As captain it was pleasing to get a win [against Durham] and I’m more than happy to step into the breach, but ideally I’d rather Andrew Johnson was in the side because he’s an excellent player.”