Ashington underdogs against holders North Shields in FA Vase - Grieve

Ashington defender Matty Grive believes his side are underdogs going into the FA Vase tie at North Shields.
Ashington defender Matty Grive believes his side are underdogs going into the FA Vase tie at North Shields.

Ashington FC’s Matty Grieve would like nothing better than the Colliers to have a successful run in the FA Vase.

But the defender admitted that the Wansbeck outfit will go into Saturday’s second round clash away to holders North Shields as underdogs.

The 25-year-old lynchpin, ready to enter what is sure to be a white hot atmosphere, said: “I think it’s going to be a difficult game because in fairness it’s not the tie we wanted.

"Personally I’d much rather have played a team outside of the Northern League because everyone knows how good our league is.

"I think we will go there as underdogs and the pressure is on them and not us as they won the competition last year.”

Grieve added: “The boss [Steve Harmison] is creating a good atmosphere for the lads.

"He is keeping everybody together and we are fighting for each other, so it would be good for us and obviously the club, especially with the opening of the new stand, to get a run going in the competition.”

Three seasons ago the tall defender was in the Ashington team which tumbled out after making the long trek to Cornwall to face Bodmin Town.

Grieve scored the second goal for his side in a 3-2 defeat.

“It was heartbreaking in the end because people left work to travel ten hours to go down there,” he said.

“We prepared well but on the day we didn’t give a good account and let ourselves down.

"I really thought we had had the right sort of fixtures that year to go to the final, but it wasn’t to be.

"Bodmin was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons, but now would be a good time for the club to enjoy another run and get a crowd following us.”