Defensive lynchpin Craig Scott is a major doubt for Ashington ahead of their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Pontefract Collieries at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
Twenty-five year old Scott was a late withdrawal on the morning of Ashington’s opening Ebac Northern League clash against Spennymoor last weekend with a groin strain and also sat out their 1-1 draw with Durham City in midweek.
Scott, a field sales executive, said: “It’s very frustrating to say the least. I did all of the pre-season preparation work and played in the friendly matches, but in our final warm-up session I tweaked my groin and cannot shake it off.
“I was at training on Thursday night and will rest until Saturday, and although I am hoping to be fit for the FA Cup game, I’ve got to be honest and say that I am struggling.”
Spectating from the sidelines whilst his team-mates are in action is not one of Scott’s favourite pastimes.
“I’m a really bad watcher because I just want to be out on the pitch competing for every ball,” he said.
“I will definitely need a fitness test on Saturday but my fingers are crossed.”
Meanwhile skipper Liam Atkin and recent newcomer Michael Laws both picked up knocks against Durham and will also have their fitness assessed before the 3pm kick-off.