High praise for Ashington in FA Vase defeat

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Ashington CFC chairman Ian Lavery insisted at the weekend that dignity, respect and love of the game should remain at the forefront in sport.

Mr Lavery was responding to an email from John Weeks, the chairman of the United Counties League of which Wisbech Town, conquerors over the Colliers in their FA Vase clash on Saturday, are members.

Mr Lavery said: “Despite the fact that our supporters went home very disappointed on Saturday, and understandably so, I’m sure they will be delighted to hear of the communication sent to the club by Mr Weeks which came within hours of the game.

“What is really important in sport is that despite the ups and downs we keep our dignity, respect and love of the game at all times.”

Mr Weeks’ email read: “I felt I must express my thanks to you for the way in which your ground staff tirelessly worked today to ensure all were well catered for at Woodhorn Lane.

“A large contingent of boisterous but good natured Wisbech supporters ensured the barman and refreshments galley were employed non stop, a task they cheerfully stuck to.

“I previously contacted Brian Robson (Ashington CFC football secretary) to advise him I would be attending on behalf of our league and he in turn arranged for your gatemen to give me the warmest of welcomes.

“Your half- time hospitality was superb and a credit to your club and league.

“There was a fair degree of good banter between both sets of fans and at conclusion of play many Ashington fans turned to shake the hands of the fans from Wisbech in congratulations and with best wishes for further progress in the FA Vase.

“This is truly in the real spirit of the game and exactly what non league football should be all about.

“Please convey my thanks to all concerned and accept my best wishes for success in the league.”