Middleton urges Colliers to play to their standard in FA Vase tie

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Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton is prepared for a battle royal on Saturday when his side come face to face with Wisbech in the fourth round of the FA Vase at Woodhorn Lane.

Middleton and assistant Perry Briggs will ask their side for a top performance – but they know that with a place in the last 16 of the competition at stake, the Cambridgeshire outfit – nicknamed ‘The Fenmen’ - will provide a stern test.

“It’s the last 32 of the Vase so it’s going to be a tough, tough encounter, that’s for sure,” said Middleton.

“We have obviously got home advantage, which we need to make count, but we will be looking at our own performance and how we want to play and we will take the game from there.

“We have a good record at Woodhorn Lane and we need to keep it going and make it a difficult place for Wisbech to come.

“That’s where the crux of the matter lies because we need to play to our standards and if we can do that then we will give ourselves a good chance.”

And the management duo have done their homework ahead of the clash.

Middleton added: “We have had Wisbech watched and have some information on them.

“However, it’s down to what we do on the day.”

The visitors, who went down to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Desborough Town at the weekend and who are seventh in the United Counties League Premier Division, are no strangers to the north east.

They played a replay which they lost 3-1 against Dunston UTS two seasons ago in the campaign which saw the Gateshead-based outfit go on to lift the trophy with victory over West Auckland at Wembley.

“We know of Ashington and that the league they operate in is very tough,” said Wisbech secretary Colin Gant.

“We have doubts over a couple of our players but will be coming up to get a result.”

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time will be played and should a replay be required, it will be staged at Wisbech’s Fenland Stadium the following Saturday.