Lavery praises supporters to creating cup atmosphere

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ASHINGTON CFC chairman Ian Lavery paid tribute to the supporters who came through the turnstiles and watched the Colliers progress into the fourth round of the FA Vase after a pulsating 2-1 victory over AFC Rushden & Diamonds at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

Extra time appeared to be a certainty as the game entered a fourth minute of time added on for stoppages with the scores level at 1-1.

But Andrew Johnson’s cool and calm finish sent the home fans wild with delight.

“With an attendance of 444, we were delighted with our biggest gate of the season and would like to express our thanks to the supporters for turning out on such a bitterly cold day to watch what was a very good game of football,” the chairman said.

“I’d personally like to place on record my sincere thanks to the supporters from both clubs for creating what was a fantastic atmosphere, which was always good humoured and very noisy.

“That’s what non league football and the FA Vase is all about, so well done to everyone.”