SHILDON boss Gary Forrest could not conceal his delight on Saturday night after his side had come back from a goal down to beat Ashington 2-1 at Woodhorn Lane.
And Forrest will be hoping that when he scrutinises the fixtures next season, that his side will be pitched against the Colliers in the game immediately after an FA Vase clash.
The Railwaymen had secured a place in the last eight of the Vase with a 4-1 win over Brantham the previous week.
Forrest said: “Everyone’s minds are on the FA Vase, but at the same time the lads have got to play well to keep the shirt to play in that quarter-final otherwise they don’t get a game.
“However, I have always found over the years that the game immediately after a Vase tie is very difficult for players to get themselves up for because they get so hyped up and concentration levels are high – then there is a massive come down from there and they have to get themselves back up again.
“In the six years in which I have been manager at Shildon, we’ve had some good runs in the Vase and we’ve only ever won twice in the game immediately after a Vase fixture – with both coming against Ashington.”
Analysing the first period, Forrest said: “I thought Ashington dominated the game and were hitting us with really quick counter attacks whereas we were a bit off the pace.
“My back four were all over the place; the midfield were not pressing the ball well enough and at half-time we obviously told the players that as a team we looked totally fragmented.”
Forrest and his assistant Stuart Niven addressed the situation in the dressing room at the adjournment.
“We set out to get more of the second ball, which we definitely did after the break and to be fair, we were the better side apart from the last ten minutes or so where Ashington have tried to force something out of the game,” he said.
“I thought Ashington were better first half and us second half, but it was a cracking game between two good teams.
“Ashington are a good side and have got some good players – so we are delighted to come up here and get a win.”