Ashington go in with confidence

Ashington CFC's Liam Atkin.
Ashington CFC's Liam Atkin.

ASHINGTON CFC’s stand-in skipper Liam Atkin firmly believes the Colliers can get a result from their FA Carlsberg Vase, third round proper tie against Spennymoor at the Brewery Field on Saturday.

However, Atkin, handed the captain’s armband following the horrific fractured skull sustained by Darren Lough in the FA Cup clash against Vauxhall Motors at Woodhorn Lane at the beginning of October, has full respect for defending STL first division champions Spennymoor.

The central defender knows the clash will be difficult but reckons the Moors will not relish facing the Wansbeck outfit.

Atkin said: “It’ll be a tough game but it’s a one which I believe we can win.

“At the very least I think we can go down there and get a draw.”

Atkin, pictured, is hoping the Colliers’ run in this season’s FA Cup where they reached the fourth qualifying round before going out against Blue Square Bet Premier League side Grimsby Town will also stand them in good stead.

“After beating the likes of Guiseley and Vauxhall Motors during our FA Cup exploits earlier in the season, we can definitely win the game on Saturday,” he said.

“We are playing really well at the moment and the 7-1 and 6-1 victories in our last two league games speaks volumes for the lads both attacking wise and defending.

“The back four have been great and the lads up front have just created loads of chances.

“Indeed, some of the games could have finished more than seven or six – it could have been ten because we are creating that many chances and hopefully we will continue in that vain against Spennymoor.”

Atkin is by no means underestimating Jason Ainsley’s outfit.

“They are a difficult side and have got very good players who we know a lot about,” he said.

“We’ve played them many times and have been on the wrong end of some bad results, but they have lost games this season and I think we can definitely get a result.

“They are unbeaten at home but that will count for nothing come Saturday.

“They play some good football and they attack very well, but we are doing exactly the same and they will not fancy playing us.”

Atkin added: “I think a few believe it is one of the ties of the round and I’ve got to agree with them with the way we are playing and it’s the same scenario as the FA Cup where we’ve got nothing to lose.

“I think the lads will expect to go there and definitely get something from the game – even if we have to bring them back to Woodhorn Lane and we get a result here – but we are looking to win the game on the day first time round.”

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time will be played.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Ashington’s Woodhorn Lane ground on Tuesday December 6 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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