By Brian Bennett | Photo: Ian Brodie

Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner says he is hoping his outfit can get a positive result against Newcastle United U21s on Tuesday night when the teams clash in the semi final of the Newcastle Flooring Northumberland Senior Cup at Woodhorn Lane.

Skinner said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s a little bit of a journey into the unknown for us in terms of what sort of side Newcastle will put out. I’ve watched them a couple of times and their team has been very different on both occasions but we understand the way that they play and the concepts that they try and play to. We’ll look at that and also at ways in which we can try and cause them problems. We are the home side – we’ll attack – and be in front of a big crowd which will be fantastic so hopefully we can get a positive result.”

The sides met two seasons ago when Ashington fought back from a two goals deficit to equalise but the young Magpies went through after a penalty shootout: “It was a good contest on the night but the squads on Tuesday will be vastly different so that will have no bearing on the game,” added Skinner.

Kick-off is 7.30pm.