Antony believes Ashington can do well in FA Vase

Team Northumbria's former Ashington midfielder Paul Antony tackles Ashington defender Darren Lough. Picture by Ian Appleby
Team Northumbria's former Ashington midfielder Paul Antony tackles Ashington defender Darren Lough. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Team Northumbria’s former Ashington midfielder Paul Antony will be keeping a close eye on the Colliers fortunes in their FA Vase clash against Wisbech on Saturday

At the same time his side will be locked in a crucial clash against Sunderland RCA at Benton’s Coach Lane ground.

Antony, who left the Woodhorn Lane club in the summer to link up with Whitley Bay before moving onto Team North as player/coach just over a month ago, got a close up view of the Colliers last weekend when the Wansbeck side came out 4-1 winners in an Ebac Northern League first division clash.

And he was impressed by what he saw.

So much so that Antony reckons Gary Middleton’s outfit can do well in the competition this term.

Antony said: “I think Ashington look good. They were very sharp on the ball and very fit and they worked very hard when they lost the ball and tried to get it back straight away.

“I think Gary’s side have got a chance to do well in the Vase this season and at this stage anything can happen.

“Ashington have got quality – and if they get a bit of luck, who knows?”

Antony was in the Ashington side which brushed Whitley Bay aside 3-0 in the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James Park last term – and has logged the occasion in his career history.

“It was the pinnacle of the season for me and is one of the highlights of my playing career,” he said.

“I enjoyed it immensely and it was a great day for the fans, the players and for myself as well.”

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old is delighted to have landed his new role at Coach Lane: “It was one of the main reasons why I joined them,” he said.

“They have got a lot of young lads in the squad and I am hoping to help them out on the field by providing a bit of experience.

“I will play as long as my legs keep going then make that transition into coaching where I have got my UEFA B licence.”