By Brian Bennett | Photo: Ian Brodie
Ashington FC midfield general Ben Sampson has insisted that the Colliers will travel down to Norfolk with a positive mindset when they tackle Kings Lynn in their fourth qualifying round clash of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.
Sampson, who was on the score sheet when the Wansbeck outfit won 3-0 in their replay in the previous round against Stocksbridge Park Steels last week, said: “All respect to Kings Lynn because they are flying in their league (National League North) which is three divisions above us. We know it’s going to be a difficult game against them but we’ll be going down there with a positive mindset and I think we can get a result.”
Ashington-born Sampson, who is based in Morpeth, continued: “We’ve got a good side; we can defend well; we’ve beaten three higher level teams in the competition so far and we’ve got to believe that we can go down there and get a result against them – or bring them back up to Ashington for a replay on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile the 23 year old said Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tow Law in their Ebac Northern League first division match was deserved: “It was hard graft,” he added, “Tow Law were promoted at the end of last season and are a good side. They have got good players who have been around at this level and higher but despite difficult windy conditions, we dominated the ball. I think it was a case for us of ‘job done’ and although it finished 2-1, we could have had a couple more – but it’s another three points on the board.”