By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC coach Neil Cooper was full of praise for the vocal fans at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday night following the Wansbeck outfit’s 3-0 victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels in their Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round replay.

Cooper said that ‘without a doubt’ the Colliers supporters were their ‘12th man.

Cooper said: “The night itself was unbelievable. The atmosphere on the touchline was absolutely fantastic and the crowd were our 12th man without a doubt. The place was jumping especially after the start we got and I’d like to thank everyone who turned up and supported us.”

The Colliers will now travel down to Norfolk to face King’s Lynn on Saturday week (October 15) and Cooper added: “It’s just a shame that we couldn’t have got a home draw in the next round.”