Ashington have incentive of playing final at Newcastle United’s ground

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Ashington will face Marske United at Woodhorn Lane on Easter Monday in the semi-final of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

The Teessiders have been waiting in the wings for a month to find out their opponents since they defeated local rivals Guisborough 4-1 in their quarter-final.

They include in their ranks ex-Colliers centre forward Jamie Clarke.

The 40-year-old striker returned to Woodhorn Lane for the first time in mid March with Marske and scored in a 2-0 victory for the Seasiders.

However, Ashington, buoyed by Tuesday night’s 3-1 success over Ebac Northern League second division outfit Tow Law, will now be hoping for an Easter bonanza.

Gary Middleton’s side host Crook Town on Good Friday evening (6.30pm kick-off) in what will be their final league game of the campaign, and the reason behind the early kick-off is because the game is part of a ground hop event.

Meanwhile manager Middleton refused to be drawn into his thoughts ahead of Monday’s clash against Marske – which has a 3pm kick off – preferring to say: “We have an important league game against Crook on Friday,– and only after that is completed will I start to think about the semi-final.”

Whitley Bay travel to face Whitehaven on Monday in the other clash, but all four clubs have an extra incentive for wanting to progress with the final being staged at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on Tuesday, May 6, as part of the league’s 125th anniversary celebrations.