Ashington drawn at home to Thackley in next round of FA Vase

Worksop's No.5 was given a straight red card seconds after this tussle with Ashington's James Taylor. Picture by Ian Appleby
Worksop's No.5 was given a straight red card seconds after this tussle with Ashington's James Taylor. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington were handed another home tie in Monday’s draw for the third round of the FA Vase.

They secured their place in the next round with a 3-1 win over Worksop Parramore at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The Colliers will now host Northern Counties East premier division Thackley on Saturday, December 7.

On the draw, manager Gary Middleton said: “It’s a home game so we are naturally pleased.

“We face another team from the same league as Worskop Parramore, but even at this early stage we know it is going to be tough because Thackley will go top of the division if they win their games in hand.

“Having come out on top – and deservedly so – after a gruelling encounter with Worskop last weekend, another battling performance will be the order of the day when we meet Thackley.”

Middleton admitted that although his side had not hit top gear in Saturday’s second round 3-1 win over Worksop, they deserved to advance.

He said: “There are no easy games in the FA Vase. Some teams have played three or four games to get to the stage where we came in, so the opposition is always going to be good.

“We haven’t played great today but are just delighted to be in the next round.

“We knew it would be a tough, tough game and that’s the way it turned out.

“They are a workmanlike team who have some very good players – especially Nathan Forbes-Swindells – and they had others who could open us up.

“We have had to work extremely hard over the 90 minutes to get the result, even when they went down to nine men, but I thought we deserved it.”

Middleton was pleased his side were in front at the interval but bemoaned the final ball.

He added: “We had the wind behind us in the first half playing towards the clubhouse end, which was a benefit, and we have eventually got our noses in front with a great finish from Andrew Johnson.

“We have got into the final third a few times but not combined and the final ball hasn’t been the quality we have looked for.”

But the boss thought the final score line should have been more emphatic.

“Second half we have come out and got a great goal from a super delivery from a free kick by Johnson and a touch at the far post by James Taylor,” he said.

“But we have had to work really hard. We have dug in – as they kept going – then they went down to nine men but still pulled a goal back.

“However, we always looked threatening on the break, as you would expect us to be against nine men, and we have got a third goal.

“To be fair, we have also missed a penalty and had a couple of half chances, so we could have scored more.”