Pitch passes inspection for Ashington FA Vase tie

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ASHINGTON’S FA Carlsberg Vase clash against AFC Rushden & Diamonds will go ahead tomorrow after the Woodhorn Lane pitch came through a pitch inspection this morning.

Concerns were raised following a dip in temperatures and a light dusting of snow coupled with ice earlier in the week.

But Colliers vice-chairman Peter Moran said: “We had a look at the pitch yesterday afternoon and arranged for an inspection this morning by local referee James Durrant.

“Following the rise in temperature and thaw, the pitch is very playable and the forecast for the next 24 hours does not give us any cause for concern.

“We are delighted the game is going ahead and we look forward to welcoming Rushden & Diamonds and their supporters for what we hope will be a good game and a good result for Ashington.

“We are hoping for a bumper crowd and would urge local people to get behind us for this important match.”

The Northamptonshire-based outfit – who operate in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League – were given the green light to travel and are expected to arrive at their overnight accommodation later today.

The winners will go into the last 32 of the competition, which has been dominated over the past four seasons by Northern League clubs.

Whitley Bay won the trophy three years in a row before Dunston won last year’s competition, beating fellow Northern League outfit West Auckland in the final at Wembley.