ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton will wait until the last possible minute before announcing his team for tomorrow’s FA Carlsberg fourth round tie against Newport Pagnell at Willen Road.
The Colliers will make history if they win the game but have a concern about the fitness of Jonny Godsmark. Woodhorn Lane boss Middleton reckons the strikers chances are in the balance as he battles to shrug off a hamstring injury: “Jonny has had treatment on the injury this week but even at this stage, it is still too early to say whether he will come through or not – it is a ‘touch and go’ situation and all we can do is to keep our fingers crossed.”
Meanwhile it appears that only a drastic and unforeseen change in the weather would put the game in any doubt. Temperatures which plummeted last week and which caused Ashington’s match at Spennymoor to be called off due to a frozen surface last Saturday, have thankfully increased and Newport Pagnell secretary David Peters said last night: “I’m not anticipating any problems and certainly at this stage see no reason why the game should not go ahead as planned.
“I have been monitoring the weather forecast and although we are due to have a bit of rain, it is not planned to be heavy so I reckon we are going to be fine.”
Ironically whilst Ashington will reach new ground if they win on Saturday, the Swans have billed the contest as being the most important game in their history.
Chairman Geoff Cardno is quoted on their website as saying: “We have never had a match of this importance played at Willen Road and with the visitors looking to bring well in excess of 100 supporters, there should be a cracking atmosphere on what will ultimately be an historic day for the club.”