Ashington High School ready for rematch of abandoned ESFA National Cup tie

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Ashington High School Sports College Under-18’s team boss Marc Nash reckons his side are even more prepared ahead of Friday’s ESFA National Cup rematch against Wetherby High School in Leeds.

The original fixture – staged two miles out of Wetherby at Cottingham – was abandoned last week for the safety of the players following a series of off the ball incidents when the hosts were leading 2-1.

A week on and the Wansbeck outfit not only remain in good spirits but will take things in their stride.

Nash said: “Certainly at training last night the lads were in good spirits and looking forward to the game.

“In the first encounter it was a journey into the unknown, but we now have more knowledge about our opponents and know what to expect.

“We have identified a couple of weaknesses which we will be looking to exploit and have tweaked our game plan accordingly.

“The lads are champing at the bit and with a place in the quarter-finals the prize for the winners will take everything in their stride.”

Ashington will field the same starting 11, which includes Harry Bainbridge – the scorer of there goal last week – for the clash due to get under way at noon at the Middleton Leisure Centre in Leeds.

“Harry missed training on Wednesday but he has received treatment from Ashington CFC physio Leanne Symonds this week and is expected to play,” added Nash, who revealed that utility player Ben Lowes has been added to the squad for the trip to Yorkshire.

Meanwhile the game will be supervised by three match officials after last week’s encounter – with only a referee officiating – came to a head on the hour following the latest of a number of off the ball incidents.