SPENNYMOOR Town’s management team of Jason Ainsley and Perry Briggs have sportingly sent messages of good luck to Ashington CFC ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase tie.
Ainsley and Briggs, whose side were knocked out by the Colliers in the last round at the beginning of December, were united in their assessment when forecasting that Gary Middleton’s side “will go far” in the competition.
Ainsley said: “I really fancy Ashington’s chances because they have got pace in their side as well as quality.
“I would not say Newport Pagnell will be any stronger, but I would be shocked if the Colliers don’t progress on the evidence I saw when they beat us.
“We were poor on the day – but in saying that, I don’t mean to take anything away from Ashington.
“Certainly I think they have a chance to go a long way in the tournament.”
Ainsley however, has warned the Colliers to guard against complacency.
He addded: “I’m sure Gary Middleton and the management team will already have mentioned this fact to the players, but because they have knocked out Spennymoor – one of the favourites in the last round – psychologically they could think other teams will be an easier proposition.
“All I would advise is to err on the side of caution to avoid complacency.”
Ainsley’s number two, Perry Briggs, said: “The way Ashington played against us I think they have a great chance of progressing in the competition.
“Defensively they were very sound, are solid all around the pitch and in Phill Bell, Jonny Godsmark and Andrew Johnson have players who hit you with pace.
“I said after they beat us that they deserved to progress and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get through on Saturday. I wish them all the best.”