New date for Senior Cup semi-final

NORTH Shields will attempt to stage their Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final clash against neighbours Ashington next week.

The game, originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, was called off shortly after midday due to a waterlogged surface at the Daren Persson Stadium.

Plans for a new date were immediately put into place and the tie has now been pencilled in for Tuesday, March 26, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Should weather conditions prevent the game from going ahead a second time then the clubs will try again 24 hours later on Wednesday, March 27.

Cramlington-based referee Stuart Kyle, who was to officiate as one of the assistants, was called in to inspect the pitch with the blessing of the Northumberland Football Association and match referee Paul Brown, but he gave the thumbs down.

Robins’ secretary Dave Thompson said: “The surface was very heavy with standing water lying in numerous places.

“We were all keyed up for the game and desperate to play, and we were expecting a good crowd, so it was naturally disappointing that it could not go ahead as planned.

“However, it is now all systems go for Tuesday and we will be keeping our fingers firmly crossed.”

Ashington football secretary Brian Robson said: “The match off decision was disappointing for everyone concerned.

“This is a really important game for Ashington and we now know that the winners will face Whitley Bay who defeated Bedlington Terriers 4-3 at Hillheads on Tuesday.

“We hope that our supporters will turn out in numbers and get behind the team as we bid to reach the final at St James’ Park.”