Ashington boss calls on huge improvement for FA Cup tie

Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton has thrown down the gauntlet to his players ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup preliminary round tie against Albion Sports in Bradford.

Middleton said: “We need to be an awful lot better than we were at Crook if we want to get a positive result.”

The Colliers’ game was put back 24 hours as the Lions ground share with Farsley Celtic, who have a game of their own on the Saturday.

Middleton will this week be trying to get a run down on his opponents who are members of the Northern Counties East League premier division.

“At the moment, we know nothing about them but will be trying to get some information this week,” he said.

“However, we need to be an awful lot better than we were at Crook if we want to get a positive result.”

Craig Robson limped out of Crook’s Sir Tom Cowie Millfield ground with knee ligament trouble and is a definite non starter for Sunday’s contest.

If a replay is required it will be staged at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday, September 2, with an 8pm kick-off.