Ashington head into unknown territory

Ashington manager Gary Middleton is preparing to take his squad for a journey into the unknown on Saturday.

The Colliers travel to Barrow in Furness to meet Holker Old Boys in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.

Middleton – upbeat after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Jarrow Roofing – admitted that he will be looking for a similarly positive performance in Cumbria.

And he believes his side can get the right result provided they reach the necessary heights.

He said: “It would be nice for the club to have another run in the FA Cup just as we did three seasons ago when we knocked out Shildon then Vauxhall Motors after a replay at Ellesmere Port before going out in the fourth qualifying round at Grimsby.”

“I know everyone connected with the club thoroughly enjoyed it - so why not again?

“It would be nice to emulate it whilst at the same time raising the profile of the club as well as the possibility of generating much needed funds.”

However, the North West Counties first division outfit pose a new threat as Middleton is aware of.

“We know nothing about them so it will be a journey into the unknown for us,” he said.

“However, I am more concerned about how we need to perform on the day, and if the players can reach the levels which we know they are capable of, then we will give ourselves a good chance of making progress.

“It will be our third game into the new campaign and we will be looking for a positive performance, which to be fair we showed against Jarrow Roofing on Saturday.”

On the team news front, striker Glen Taylor definitely returns and Middleton is hoping to have Richard Flynn back in contention, but Kyle Oliver and Stuart Elliott are both non starters for a clash which has a 3pm kick-off.

If a replay is required, it will be staged at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday, August 19, and consequently take preference over Ashington’s scheduled home league clash against Guisborough.