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King's Lynn to host Ashington in FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round





King's Lynn Town will entertain Ashington in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

Ashington won their Third Qualifying Round replay against Stocksbridge Park Steels 3-0 tonight in front of a record crowd of 1,424 to book a trip to face the Linnets on October 15.

First half goals from Yannick Aziakonou and Paul Robinson set the Colliers on their way before a third from Benjamin Sampson confirmed a trip to Norfolk on Saturday week.

The Walks stadium home of King's Lynn Town Football Club (42511907)
The Walks stadium home of King's Lynn Town Football Club (42511907)

Ashington, who play in the Northern League Division One, have also overcome Newton Aycliffe, Tow Law Town, Ashton United and Bradford Park Avenue to reach this stage of the competition.

In their league this season, they are currently fifth having won five and drawn one of their six games.

The North East-based outfit will be out to make it two wins against National League North sides in the competition – having accounted for Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 in the Second Qualifying Round – and The Colliers are sure to do their homework on the Lynn.

After their victory over Bradford PA, Ashington boss Ian Skinner said: "I managed to get a copy of every game in which they had played this season.

"I must have sat watching hours and hours of footage of them (Bradford) to work out how we could look at playing against them.

"Then you read comments about how it will be a great day for their strikers to boost their confidence because they haven’t scored many goals and I just thought ‘I’ll stick that piece of news on our dressing room wall!’

Ashington is the hometown of the Charlton brothers Bobby and Jackie as well as well-known referee Michael Oliver and former England cricketer Steve Harmison.

Lynn's record goalscorer Malcom Lindsay, who passed away in March, was also born in Ashington.

The last time Lynn played a Northern League team in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the cup came back in 1998 when West Auckland won 1-0 at The Walks.



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