Ashington High School Sports College Under-18’s football manager Marc Nash revealed at the weekend that he is ‘quietly confident’ ahead of his side’s titanic clash with arch rivals Monkseaton High School on Thursday, May 1, in the final of the County Chronicle Cup at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane ground.
The two sides will meet again next week as they are also fighting it out for the league championship – but Nash is concentrating all his thoughts towards the imminent cup final and also reckons his squad will not be fazed by an outfit who have won the league and cup double for numerous years.
“Make no mistake about it, Monkseaton will present us with a very difficult game,” said Nash.
“We will be underdogs on Thursday but that can be a good thing going into a cup final as there is less pressure on you.
“We beat them 2-1 in the National Cup at Green Lane in November so we haven’t got that element of surprise about us, but I’m nevertheless quietly confident.
“We know enough about the opposition – they have got an academy type of set up with 40 lads to choose from, but they will know a tough match awaits them too.
“The mentality of our lads is better because we have won games this campaign which we wouldn’t have done in the past, so that should also stand them in good stead.”
He added: “Monkseaton have won the double for several years so the pressure is on them.
“This is the first time for umpteen seasons that we have reached the final – but my squad will definitely not be fazed by it and will give everything they have got.”
Nash has also asked for the public of Wansbeck come out in force and lend a hand.
“It would be great and give the lads a terrific boost if the public could rally round and support us,” he said.
“I’d also like to express thanks to Ashington CFC for hosting the game, which they had agreed to do even before we got through to the final.”
The match has a 6.30pm kick-off and will be decided on the night with extra time and penalties if required.
Admission prices are adults £2, concessions £1.