Ashington FC boss Steve Harmison was delighted as his side booked their place in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup final.
The Colliers saw off the challenge of Newton Aycliffe with a 3-1 win at a windswept Woodhorn Lane ground on Tuesday night.
Harmison said: “You know when you play against a side with Peter Dixon in charge and the teams he has managed that he is very good at making sure his outfit are well up for the contest.
“We got a foothold in the game and played some nice football in what were horrendous conditions and again our big players fronted up.
“When you play in big games no matter what the sport, the difference between good players and the best players in any leagues is about the big ones who stand up for you and our two centre halves [James Harmison and Ben Christensen[ were excellent.”
The boss also praised striker Glen Taylor who netted a double.
He said: “Glen was a bit despondent at the weekend because he didn’t score when we got six against Celtic Nation, but I thought he played really well on Saturday and did a team job, and he got his just rewards tonight.
“He took the first goal well and capped off the victory for us with his second.
“We just made sure we kept our shape and were patient because the ball was running away from us a lot due to the awful conditions.”