Health company backing Colliers’ Vase trip

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ASHINGTON CFC’s preparations for Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round tie at Long Buckby are in the best of health.

The Woodhorn Lane outfit – who made history after clinching a 2-1 victory in the last round against Dunkirk which consequently put them into the last 32 of the competition – will have this weekend’s overnight accommodation sponsored by Morpeth-based firm Piramal Health Care.

HR manager Dawn Prior, site leader Aidan Walker and operations director Jarrett Palmer have spearheaded Piramal’s drive in a bid to make sure Ashington’s pre-match plans are given a professional touch.

Ritchie Bond and Grant Harley, coach and goalkeeping coach respectively at Ashington,are both employees at the plant.

Colliers manager Gary Middleton said: “The club are thrilled to bits with the sponsorship, especially in this day and age when money is tight.

“The package will allow us to prepare professionally for our FA Vase fixture and it also gives us the opportunity to do everything the right way and to give the lads the best opportunity to win a cup tie.”

Woodhorn Lane chairman Ian Lavery said: “Running parallel with the success of the club in the FA Vase comes an extra financial expense, therefore the generous donation from Piramal is very welcome indeed.

“My sincere thanks go to Piramal for its forward thinking and commitment.

“Every community club needs increased sponsorship and financial assistance depending on their success and I would call on local businesses to consider financial sponsorship for the community club so that we can match the success off the pitch as well as on it.”