Ashington will be hoping to make home advantage count when they take on Worksop Parramore at Woodhorn Lane in the second round of this season’s FA Carlsberg Vase on Saturday.
Following last year’s exploits when they eventually bowed out of the competition at the fourth round, the Colliers are looking for an even better run this year with the Nottinghamshire-based outfit next in their sights.
Last season Ashington were knocked out in a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Bodmin in Cornwall.
Manager Gary Middleton is placing the emphasis on the way his own side perform rather than worry about the opposition, who are currently tenth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
“We know about Worksop – but it’s about us,” he said at the weekend.
“We are at home and need to be on our game and do what we are good at, and if we do that then we will have a good chance.”
Darren Lough is poised to return to the squad for Saturday’s showdown after missing last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Crook through illness – leaving injured defender Lance McGlen as the only absentee.
At the same time as the Colliers were on there way to defeat in Durham, a late goal by Nathan Forbes-Swindells gave Parramore a 2-1 victory over Athersley Recreation.
If Saturday’s game ends in a stalemate after the compulsory 30 minutes of extra time then the replay will be staged at Worksop’s Windsor Foodservice Stadium, Sandy Lane, on Tuesday night (November 19).
Ashington are due to face Newcastle Benfield in the Northumberland Senior Cup that night, but any replay in the Vase would take priority.