Stephenson looking for more of the same for Ashington in FA Vase tie

Ashington striker Tony Stephenson will be asking his team-mates to be spoil the party when the Colliers take on Newcastle Benfield in the second round of the FA Carlsberg Vase on Saturday.

Stephenson, who includes the Sam Smiths Park outfit as one of his former clubs, will make a second return to the venue less than a month after helping Gary Middleton’s side to a deserved 3-1 victory when the teams met in their Ebac Northern League first division clash.

The 26-year-old, one of the scorers that night, is looking for more of the same but readily admits that it will not be an easy task.

“Obviously we did well the other week,” he said.

“And I love going back to ex clubs, not to prove a point but to spoil the party.”

Stephenson has netted six goals since joining the Colliers from Crook Town in mid September, and he added: “It was great to get on the score sheet against Benfield recently, and whilst it would be nice to repeat the feat on Saturday, I’d be just as happy if we get the right result.”

Stephenson believes he has touched base with the Woodhorn Lane outfit.

“All of the lads are looking after me and I feel like I am settling in,” he added.

“I also think I am a lot fitter through a combination of the club’s training methods as well as playing in the matches, which are coming thick and fast.

“I’m enjoying my time at Ashington. The atmosphere in the dressing room is great and the lads are buzzing.

“Naturally you want to win every game and our points haul could have been better, but we go into Saturday’s contest unbeaten in our last five games – and that in itself breeds confidence.”

In the event of the scores being level on Saturday after extra time, the replay would be staged at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday, November 25, with a 7.30pm kick-off.