Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Victory a Must for the Colliers; Wellstream Nth/Land and Tyneside Senior League

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Victory a Must for the Colliers; Wellstream Nth/Land and Tyneside Senior League

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ASHINGTON face Newcastle City this weekend in a must-win game at the foot of the table.

Just seven points separate the next-tobottom Colliers and basement side City, and neither can afford to lose tomorrow.

Ashington need to keep in touch with thirdbottom Chopwell - who are at home to Morpeth tomorrow - while defeat for City would leave them with a mountain to climb to escape relegation.

Last weekend's heavy downpours wiped out the entire NTSL programme, and Ashington missed their chance to cut the 23-point gap to Chopwell.

Ashington secretary Dale Ross said: "We will always struggle against sides like Swalwell, Shotley Bridge and Annfield Plain, but we identified the three games against Chopwell, Newcastle City and next week against Morpeth as ones we are capable of winning.

"So to see that game called off was a big blow because it would have been a chance for us to put some pressure on Chopwell.

"But now we've got to concentrate on beating City, because we can't afford to lose tomorrow. …

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