Another away day for Ashington in the FA Vase

ASHINGTON’S reward for Saturday’s FA Vase victory is another difficult away tie and a long journey in the fifth round.

In Monday’s draw they were pulled out the hat away to Gloucestershire-based Shortwood United.

Woodhorn Lane manager Gary Middleton said: “Obviously I would have preferred a home game, but at least we haven’t bumped another Northern League side.

Shortwood sit third in the Uhlsport Hellenic League premier division with games in hand on the sides above them.

They beat Enfield 1-0 at home on Saturday to reach the last 16.

Middleton added: “It will be a tough encounter but we have been on our travels in the last two rounds, and have knocked out both Spennymoor and Newport Pagnell, so will go down to Shortwood with confidence.”

The tie will be played on Saturday, February 11.

Felllow Northern League sides, holders Whitley Bay and West Auckland, were drawn to face each other at Hillheads.

Billingham Synthonia and Dunston UTS were handed home ties but must overcome replays to meet Bournemouth and Bethnal Green United respectively.