By Brian Bennett | Photo: Ian Brodie

Ashington FC skipper Karl Ross has said that his team mates will have their minds entirely focussed on the task which lies ahead – nowhere else – when they face Newcastle United U21’s in the semi final of the Newcastle Flooring Northumberland Senior Cup at Woodhorn Lane on Thursday night (7.30pm kick-off).

Last Saturday the Colliers won for the first time in six games when they brushed North Ferriby aside in their last league fixture of the season in the Pitching In Northern Premier League’s East Division.

The Wansbeck outfit ran out 2-0 winners and the result prompted Ashington-born Ross to say: “We enjoyed the day – but we’ve put that behind us now and it’s all about us focussing on the Newcastle game. It’s a great incentive knowing that the final will be held at St James’ Park and I know the lads would love to get through and play there because it’s something which players all dream about. However we’ve got to put that to the back of our minds and fully concentrate on Thursday’s clash which we are really looking forward to.”

The midfielder is looking for a noisy atmosphere from the home supporters: “Our fans have been unbelievable for us all season and they will come out in their hundreds,” he added, “We want them to get behind us because they are a great 12th man and can spur us on.”