Clarke feels tie will be won in battle of midfield

FORMER Ashington CFC striker Jamie Clarke believes the clash between Spennymoor and Ashington on Saturday in the FA Carlsberg Vase will be won and lost in the midfield.

And Clarke, now with Whitby Town but who has played for both clubs, admits that had his new outfit been without a fixture this weekend, he would have been an interested spectator.

“I think it will be a very tight affair between two good sides,” he said.

“Obviously Spennymoor have won the STL Northern League championship over the last couple of years and have played in plenty of big games, but Ashington have had a great run in the FA Cup this season and know what the big game atmosphere is all about.

“It’s all set up for a good battle.

“I reckon the game will be won and lost in midfield, both teams are strong in that area.

“Outside of that Spennymoor are going to have to look out for the pace and trickery of Jonny Godsmark whilst whoever plays between Gavin Cogden or Anthony Peacock will cause problems because they are both very good players.”

However, Clarke who has fond memories from his time at both clubs reckons the game is too close to call.

“I’m sitting on the fence for this one and not making a forecast at all,” he joked.

“But if it goes to a replay, Whitby have no midweek fixture and I’ll travel up to watch.”