By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner says his outfit face a ‘difficult task’ – when they make the short journey to face West Allotment Celtic at East Palmersville in the quarter finals of the Newcastle Flooring Senior Cup.

The draw was made last week and the Woodhorn Lane boss said: “It’s a tough draw for us because West Allotment is never an easy place to go to and get a result. They are a good well organised side and on their day can beat anybody – so we’ll have to make sure that when we go there, we prepare properly.”

He continued: “We’ve got quite a few games to play before the clash so we’ll have to see how the squad and our season pans out. We may look to mix and match slightly but it’s a competition which we will be taking seriously. We are at the quarter final stage and we want to try and do as well as we can because it’s the last knockout competition we are left in.”