Tough tie for Colliers – Middleton

ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton has described Saturday’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie at Spennymoor as being the “toughest we could have got”.

But the Woodhorn Lane boss reckons his outfit are more than capable of causing an upset.

He said: “The game is probably the toughest we could have got but we’ve got to get on with it and we’ll prepare the best we can.

“If you want to be successful, you’ve got to beat the best and fancied teams and make no doubt about it, Spennymoor are one of the favourites.

“The next hurdle for us will be to try and knock them out in order to get into the last 32 of the competition.

“We’re looking forward to it purely and simply because it’s the FA Vase but we will not do anything different to what we are doing at the minute.

“It’ll be a tough challenge but one which we are more than capable of winning as we have proved this season in beating some of the top teams in non league football.”

Ashington’s assistant manager Neil Winskill took in Spennymoor’s match against Newton Aycliffe last weekend when the Moors won by a single goal.

He will give a full in depth dossier during this week to Middleton and the squad.

Striker Gareth Bainbridge has come through cameo appearances in Ashington’s last two matches without any reaction and apart from long term injury victims Darren Lough and Stephen Young, Middleton will have a full squad available.