Williamson eyes Ashington return for derby meeting with Bedlington

Ashington forward Dylan Williamson. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com
Ashington forward Dylan Williamson. Picture by Ian Appleby - www.ianapplebyimages.com

Ashington’s former Bedlington striker Dylan Williamson has his eyes firmly fixed on making a return to the Colliers squad in the Boxing Day derby between the two Wansbeck clubs at Welfare Park.

And although the 25-year-old goes back to face the team he supported as a boy, and who gave him his opportunity in the Northern League, sentiment will not come into play when the game gets under way at 11am.

“It’ll be good to go back to the club who gave me the chance to play at this level,” he said.

“I had stopped playing then when Micky Cross took over the running of Bedlington Reserves I went back.

“When Micky left Chris Hay was appointed team boss and when the first team management of Keith Perry and Neil Saxton asked for a couple of players from within, Chris selected me as one of them and things moved on from there.”

Ashington-born Williamson played for the Terriers for two years before his switch to Woodhorn Lane.

Now he is ready to rejoin the squad after a ten-week lay-off with a torn thigh.

He said: “I sincerely hope Bedlington avoid relegation, however, on Saturday my mind will be fully focused on Ashington and giving my all for them.

“I have completed a couple of training sessions and played for 20 to 25 minutes against Seaton Delaval last weekend, so provided there is no reaction I should be in the squad for Boxing Day.

“I watched Bedlington when I was youngster and went down to Wembley with my dad when they reached the final of the FA Vase in 1999 – and it was heartache as they lost to a goal in the last minute against Tiverton Town.”

Washington-based Stephen Dial will referee the contest on Boxing Day with Martin Carr and Thomas Chambers as his assistants.