Ashington draw Wisbech Town at home in FA Vase fifth round

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Ashington have been handed another plum home tie – their third in a row – in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Thackley, the Colliers went into the hat for Monday’s draw and came out against Wisbech Town.

They will play the Cambridgeshire-based outfit, who play in the United Counties League premier division, at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday, January 18.

And manager Gary Middleton was delighted at the prospect of the mouth-watering clash.

“The pleasing aspect is that the tie is at home,” he said.

“I know it is the third time in a row where we have come out of the hat first, but in recent years we haven’t had any luck, so long may our current run of home games continue.”

The Fenmen are currently seventh in their league and made it through to the last 32 with a 1-0 victory at Walsall Wood on Saturday – at the same time as the Colliers were accounting for West Yorkshire side Thackley.

Middleton added: “All I know about Wisbech at the moment is that they are in the same league as Newport Pagnell and Rushden & Diamonds – clubs we have defeated over the past couple of years.

“We will in due course obtain some information on them but once again it will be all about my lads performing on the day.”

To date, Ashington have seven Ebac Northern League first division fixtures before the next round.

“As far as I am concerned, the Wisbech game will go on the back burner until after the New Year,” added the Colliers boss.

“I want us to continue to progress in the League – that’s our number one priority at the moment.”