Billingham postponement rules Dugdale out of Vase tie

Ashington CFC's Andrew Dugdale.
Ashington CFC's Andrew Dugdale.

ASHINGTON midfielder Andrew Dugdale has been ruled out of Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie against Bodmin Town at Priory Park through suspension.

The 31-year-old was due to serve his one match ban for picking up five yellow cards on Wednesday night with Ashington scheduled to be at home to Billingham Town in an Ebac Northern League first division match.

However, the wintry weather forced the game to be postponed – meaning Dugdale will have to sit out Saturday’s clash instead.

“I’m gutted and devastated,” he said.

“I was just looking forward to getting down to Cornwall and playing – but obviously the bad weather has put paid to me serving my suspension.

“I have got myself fit again and have been enjoying my football and over the past few weeks I think I have been playing really well.”

Dugdale will still board the team coach which leaves Woodhorn Lane on Friday morning.

“I’m going to travel down to show my support and I wish the lads all the best,” he said.

Dugdale was a member of Whitley Bay’s Vase winning squad in the 2001-02 season and cherishes his medal.

“We beat Tiptree 1-0 at Villa Park – although I never got on the pitch,” he added.

“It was, however, a fantastic experience.”

Manager Gary Middleton, who captained Whitley Bay that day in 2002, said: “We are obviously disappointed and frustrated that Wednesday’s scheduled league clash at home to Billingham Town was snowed off, which means that Andrew will not be able to be part of the squad on Saturday.

“He’s been playing well but I’m sure we have got plenty depth to cover his position.”