Seconds struggling to get game played in the league because of weather but face cup semi-final

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ASHINGTON seconds, unbelievably grounded for a ninth time in 11 matches on Saturday when their away match against Benwell & Walbottle at the Walbottle Campus was called off, could be in line for a League Cup semi-final showdown on Friday night at Langwell Crescent – which coincides with the opening of the Real Ale and Cider Festival.

The Colliers face the winners of the Sacriston v Lanchester quarter-final scheduled to be played on Wednesday (July 4).

Second XI skipper Martin Thewlis said: “If Sacriston win then we will play them on Friday, but if Lanchester are victorious, then a date will have to be arranged.”

However, despite reaching the semis, Thewlis believes it is difficult to measure the success of his side.

“Our first cup game against Backworth saw us play a strong team and it was a good achievement as we bossed the game,” he said.

“Against Chopwell in the next round, they were not as powerful a side but we still defeated them convincingly.

“We’ve had two pleasing results but have played too little cricket to draw any conclusion.

“It’s brilliant to be in the semi-final and it would be nice to go on and win something as last year was the first time we had won no silverware at all.”

As for Saturday’s latest postponement, Thewlis said: “I’ve seen more DIY shops, but whilst every player is gutted, our team spirit is still excellent.”