Ashington get all clear to travel to Cornwall

ASHINGTON have been given the all clear to travel to Cornwall this morning for their FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round clash against Bodmin Town on Saturday.

The tie was originally scheduled to have taken place at Priory Park last Saturday but was postponed for health and safety reasons.

Despite the Bodmin pitch being perfectly playable last weekend, Ashington faced the huge problem of actually getting to Cornwall while the majority of the country was under snow with more forecast for the day they were due to travel.

But the Colliers have received the go-ahead to set off first thing Friday morning for the game.

Woodhorn Lane football secretary Brian Robson said night: “It may sound incredible but Bodmin have had no frost or snow.

“When I spoke to them yesterday (Thursday) it was dry and sunny and the forecast for the next 48 hours was for light to medium rain.

“The pitch is also playable so it’s all systems go.”

He added: “I have been in touch with the Met Office and the AA who have said that the weather is not envisaged to be as bad as last week and that it was perfectly safe to travel with care.”

The team coach is scheduled to leave Woodhorn Lane at 9am this morning with only striker Jonny Godsmark ruled out through injury.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes and extra time, the date for a replay at Woodhorn Lane is Saturday, February 2.