Ashington FA Vase game against holders North Shields a victim of the weather

The clash in the FA Vase between North Shields and Ashington was called off on Saturday morning due to a waterlogged pitch.

The game at the Daren Persson Stadium has been rescheduled for Wednesday evening (November 25).

Robins secretary Sean Redford, in his first season in the post after taking over the duties from the long serving Dave Thompson, said: “Our previous two home games had been postponed due to a waterlogged surface and on Friday the chances of the Vase tie going ahead only stood at 50-50.

"It all boiled down to what the elements threw at us overnight, and when we arrived at the ground around the 8.30am mark on Saturday, we called Lucy Oliver in for a pitch inspection.

"Lucy gave the thumbs down so now the game has been rescheduled for Wednesday with a 7.30pm kick-off.”

Ironically the two sides were due to meet in any case in the quarter-final of the Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup, but the Vase takes priority.

Redford added: “We were gutted that the game fell a victim of the weather but another reason was that we reckoned we would attract a bigger attendance on a Saturday than midweek."

On receiving the match off decision, Ashington boss Steve Harmison called his players in for a training session.

“The Hirst Welfare are usually excellent in accommodating us only it was unavailable,” he said.

“However, we trained on the excellent 3G pitch at the Josephine Butler Campus and we are greatly indebted to them.

"It is fantastic to have smashing facilites in Ashington.

“We were obviously very disappointed to be told that the pitch was waterlogged but it is one of those things whereby you cannot do anything about weather.

"We were desperate for the game to go ahead as we are on a decent run and don’t want to lose our momentum.”