Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

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EIGHT teams from the STL Northern League are involved in the FA Carlsberg Vase and at least two will be in the draw for the fourth round, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The tie of the third round is between in-form teams Spennymoor Town and Ashington at the Brewery Field.

Ashington boss Gary Middleton said: "The tie is probably the toughest we could have but we've got to get on with it. If you want to be successful you've got to beat the best and make no doubt about it, Spennymoor are fancied to be one of the favourites to go all the way."

"With the exception of long-term injury victims Darren Lough and Stephen Young, the Colliers have a full-strength squad to choose from but Spennymoor cannot name Keiron Edwards, who is ineligible having played in an earlier round for Sunderland RCA. A boost is the return of Gavin Cogden but Craig Ruddy's fitness will need to be assessed before manager Jason Ainsley names his line-up.

Assistant boss Perry Briggs acknowledges it's going to be a tough game. He said: "Ashington are in cracking form, having scored 13 goals in their last two league fixtures, but we are also going well.

"Amazingly this is our first home game in 11 Vase ties and we've got to make it count."

The other all-STL Northern League tie is on Teesside between Billingham Synthonia and Consett. Carl Piecha, Ryan Bell, Dale Burrell and David Malloy are ruled out of the Consett line-up, but manager Kenny Lindoe will hand a debut to Sam Hodgson, signed this week from Whitby Town.

Synners await news on the fitness of Danny Earl and Nathan Jameson, but David Abel is cleared to play having completed a ban. Dunston UTS expect to be at full strength for the visit of Parkgate from Rotherham. Manager Billy Irwin, who watched his opponents last Saturday, rates them a decent team but is confident in the knowledge that Steve Goddard, Kane Young, Steve Pickering and Ben Cattanach are back.

Newcastle Benfield boss Alu Bangura is forced to field a severely weakened side against Peterborough outfit Deeping Rangers. Shaun Bell, Phil Lumsden, Brian Dodsworth, Keiron McDonald and Tony Burnell are all sidelined.

"My chairman Jimmy Rowe went to see them last week and it will not be easy but the lads know from Whitley Bay's experience, that they've got a great incentive to win," declared Bangura. …

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