Supporters travelling in big numbers

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ASHINGTON CFC will etch another chapter into their history books should they defeat Newport Pagnell in their FA Vase tie at Willen Road on Saturday.

Last season the Colliers were on course to enter the fifth round for the first time since the inception of the Vase, but after leading 2-0 they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Long Buckby.

On Saturday Gary Middleton’s side have another opportunity – and will go in against the Swans armed with the knowledge that they could outnumber the home support which has averaged around 80 to date this term.

Brian Shotton, an executive board member at Woodhorn Lane, said: “I’m thrilled to bits that we have filled a 50-seater coach within a week of announcing the travel arrangements.

“I know that another mini bus full of supporters is making the journey, some are coming up from London and a lot of other fans are using various other modes of transport to attend the game, which is great news.

“I reckon we’ll easily have 100 people cheering the lads on.

“We received a lot of praise for our constant chanting and singing during our FA Cup games, especially the replay win against Vauxhall Motors at Ellesmere Port and also at Grimsby.

“Unfortunately our run came to an end at Grimsby but we are well known for giving our team plenty of encouragement and we know our fans enjoy a day out in the cup or vase.”

Manager Gary Middleton said: “The supporters have been terrific. They give the players a lift with their backing and once again they can play a big part on Saturday by becoming our 12th man.”