Ashington High School target quarter-final place

Ashington High School Sports College football team manager Marc Nash says his squad could not be in better spirits as they prepare for their clash against Wetherby in the last 16 of the ESFA National Cup on Friday.

Nash’s outfit are in a rich vein of form having won their previous eight matches, the last of which took them to the top of the league table.

And Carre’s Grammar School at near Rotherham wait in the wings to make the travel arrangements against the winners of Friday’s showdown with the draw for the quarter-finals having already been made.

“It’s very exciting times within our school at the moment because there is a terrific buzz,” said Nash.

“We are anticipating a tough match but the lads are equally looking forward to leaving Wansbeck and pitting their wits against opposition whom they have never met before.

“We are in a winning sequence and with a clear week will hold two training sessions, but the squad are definitely in good spirits.”

Nash will finalise his playing squad on arrival at Wetherby but is taking the full party of 25, which includes centre half Kieran Green who could face a fitness test.

“Kieran has been a regular this term but picked up a hamstring injury and has not played since our victory in the last round of the National Cup against Castle Howard,” said Nash.

“We will leave things as late as possible and if he is close to fitness will run a check on him.

“We are all looking forward to it – and with a home draw in the next round for the winners, it is a great incentive.”

The ESFA National Cup game on Friday will be played at Wetherby Athletic Football Club’s ground, kick-off 1pm.