Ashington FC skipper Andrew Johnson is willing his team-mates to exact revenge over Bedlington and set the record straight in the Wansbeck derby on Boxing Day morning.
Johnson scored the home goal in a 3-1 reverse against the Terriers on August Bank Holiday Monday, and the 27-year-old, who is a project officer for the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “I cannot wait for Friday morning because it will be a chance for us to put the record straight after what was a terrible performance by us against the Terriers at Woodhorn Lane.
“We deserve to give our fans, as well as ourselves, something – a late Christmas present – because it has been a poor season and the lads will be busting a gut to get three points.”
Johnson has not scored for seven games.
He added: “Obviously I’ll be hoping to break the sequence. I want to score in every game, so when I go a few without, it just makes me more eager to get on the mark again.
“A hat-trick and three points would be the perfect scenario.”
Meanwhile, Johnson was happy with the spirit shown in the Ashington camp last weekend despite the 2-1 defeat against North Shields.
“We battled well and in the second half the team spirit was great,” he said.
“However, to be honest we should be showing that from the first whistle of the first half so it was maybe a little bit too late.
“Had we had 11 players on the park we may have nicked a point, but that is something which we will never know.”