Ashington cup final place under scrutiny

Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.
Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery.

Ashington FC’s place in the League Cup final is under scrutiny.

The Woodhorn Lane club must now face a management committee meeting on Thursday night (April 9) after it was revealed one of their players in the semi-final win over Newton Aycliffe was not registered within the competition’s required 14-day limit.

Ashington FC chairman Ian Lavery said there are ‘circumstances which they wish to put to the league’ and that the Woodhorn Lane outfit did nothing ‘intentionally wrong’ in the aftermath of their passage into the final of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

Two goals from Glen Taylor and one from James Harmison saw the Colliers deservedly beat Newton Aycliffe 3-1 in their clash at Woodhorn Lane.

But for semi-final and final ties, players have got to be registered 14 days beforehand, but the home side included a player who did not fall into that category.

The Wansbeck club will now be in attendance at the meeting of the management committee of the Ebac Northern League on when the issue will be discussed.

Mr Lavery said before Saturday’s first division tussle with relegated Crook Town: “It was great to win the semi-final considering we haven’t had the best of seasons, but disappointing to be then made aware that we had played an ineligible player.

“It’s bad news for us and we have held our hands up and said that it did happen.

“However, there are mitigating circumstances and there will be a hearing on Thursday where the club will be represented and allowed to give their case.”

He continued: “We took that semi-final on Tuesday night in the spirit of the wonderful game and we didn’t do anything intentionally wrong.

“But there are circumstances which we wish to put to the league and we will do that.

“We will then await the decision and take it on board.”

In the semi-final win, Glen Taylor had given the home side an interval lead when he hooked in Dylan Armstrong’s cross.

Newton Aycliffe drew level from the penalty spot on 51 minutes but Ashington regained the lead when Winter failed to hold Kyle Oliver’s cross and Taylor scored his 21st goal of the campaign.

Ten minutes from the end, Winter pulled off a spectacular save from Stephenson, but from the corner which ensured, James Harmison slotted in from Oliver’s delivery.