Ashington midfielder Kyle Downey believes Saturday’s against his former club Whitley Bay will be a six pointer.
The North Tyneside outfit will not only be looking to do a spot of successful first footing but also redress the balance after Ashington won the corresponding game 2-1 earlier in the season.
But Ashington-born Downey has his own targets in mind and will be eager to try and replicate what he did against the Seahorses in October when he netted the equaliser.
His side went on to win the midweek fixture with a dramatic winner deep into injury time from skipper Andrew Johnson.
The 21-year-old, who lives in Wansbeck, said: “I managed to get onto the score sheet in that game at Hillheads and if we go into Saturday’s contest with the same mentality and have our confidence back then I’m sure we can come out of it with a decent result.”
Downey, a machine operator by trade, added that the outcome will be crucial as it could ignite the campaign for either side.
He said: “Whitley Bay are a top club. Obviously having been there, I know how they go about their business and the chairman [Paul McIlduff] has got things well set up.
“They can get up the league table as they have games in hand, but then so can we, so it’ll be a six pointer for both teams really as whoever wins could start a climb up the table.”
Whitley Bay are currently fourth from bottom of the table but have a number of games in hand on all the sides in the Ebac Northern League first division, having only played 14 so far this season.
Ashington, meanwhile, are eight points ahead of them in 12th, having played three games more.
Hebburn-based Lindsey Robinson will be in charge with Michael Green and Lee May as her assistants.
Meanwhile Ashington’s Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final clash away to North Shields has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 20.