By Brian Bennett
Ashington will take on Guisborough Town in the quarter final of the Ebac Northern League first division cup at The dwmedia Stadium on Tuesday April 5.
Following Wednesday’s terrific 1-0 win away in the second round encounter at Thornaby, Colliers boss Ian Skinner had said he wanted a home tie – and his wish came true when the draw was made.
However there is an added incentive for the winners as the victors will have home advantage in the semi finals.
Ironically, the two sides clash at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday (March 19) in their Ebac Northern League first division fixture but Skinner categorically stated that the league and cup games will be completely different: “I don’t buy into it that Saturday’s match will be a dress rehearsal for our cup match because they will be two separate games,” he said, “After the win at Thornaby I asked for a home tie – which we have got -and if we progress we have another home game so I don’t think we could have asked for anything more.”
He continued: “Our home form has been good albeit frustrating and disappointing against Seaham Red Star today but we have won 11 games on our home patch and we’ll approach the cup game when it’s time. Before that we have got three league games to contend with and we’ll not be looking any further forward than playing Guisborough at the weekend. With no midweek game, we’ll be able to get onto the training pitch and will prepare properly – as we always do – for Saturday’s contest.”