Ashington face a ‘tough’ task at Scarborough in FA Cup

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Ashington manager Gary Middleton believes his side faces a ‘tough’ task in their FA Cup preliminary round tie against Evo Stik League division one south outfit Scarborough Athletic at Bridlington on Saturday.

And the Woodhorn Lane boss, who is adopting a pre-match stance of letting the opposition worry about the Colliers, reckons his side need to be on top form to counteract the threat of a side who attract average attendances around the 500 mark.

“Scarborough are in a higher league than us and will be tough opposition,” said Middleton.

“They have good home support and it’s an away tie for us, which makes it a bit more tricky, and I’m also fully aware that we will need to be very much at the top of our game to progress.”

However, the boss said that his players will not be fazed by the opposition – or the partisan crowd.

He added: “The game is one that doesn’t daunt us but we need to go in with a positive attitude.

“We have been asking players to do certain things which is going to take time and we are trying to move forward as the season progresses.

“I’m going to go into the clash against Scarborough concentrating on our performance and let them worry about us.

“If we get a good showing from individuals in our team then we will have a really good opportunity of advancing.”

Defender Craig Scott returned to action for the final half an hour of Ashington’s 3-1 home win over Hebburn last weekend and provided he has suffered no reaction, Middleton should have a full squad available at his disposal for the trip down the coast.

Meanwhile, if the game ends in a stalemate, the replay has been pencilled in for Tuesday, September 3, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

If there is a result on Saturday, the Colliers will be at home to Celtic Nation in a league fixture on the Tuesday evening with a 7.30pm kick-off.