Middleton demands players to focus in Senior Cup sem-final

Ashington manager Gary Middleton will tell his players to focus on their own performances ahead of their Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final against Blyth Spartans on Tuesday, March 18.

The black and whites go into the tie as holders having beat Whitley Bay in last season’s showpiece final at St James’ Park.

The Colliers boss, speaking ahead of the showdown at Woodhorn Lane, said: “It’s a trophy which we are familiar with and which we enjoyed more so last season.

“The players will be up for it and it is a game which we will all be looking forward to, but it’s about how we perform on the night which matters.

“We know a little bit about Blyth but I have said all season that games are all about our performances and we need to make sure we play to our full potential and leave Blyth to themselves.”

Tuesday’s contest – which it is hoped will attract a bumper crowd through the turnstiles – has a 7.30pm kick-off.