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Ascot United’s assistant-manager Paul McGrotty has called on the town to flock to the Racecourse ground….

….tomorrow and cheer his side on as they host Ebac Northern League side Shildon in their FA Carlsberg Vase Quarter-Final replay.

The pitch passed a 4pm pitch inspection today, so the sides will meet again after fighting out a 1-1 draw in County Durham last weekend.

McGrotty and his side have good memories of playing at home from the last round when they beat Newport (IoW) in front of nearly 500 people.

And the United assistant boss wants to see even more supporters packed into the ground this time around.

He said: “We had some supporters who made the long trip up to Shildon last week, that was amazing and we all really appreciated it.

“But now we’re back at home I would love to see as many people as possible come out and support the club.

“We’re all really looking forward to it. We’ve not had many of the FA Vase games at the Racecourse, but the atmosphere in the last round was great.

“This is the quarter-final replay, with a semi-final at stake, so hopefully the crowd will be even bigger and they can really give us the support we need.”

Ascot were just seconds away from not needing a replay following last weekend’s initial tie.

Leading thanks to Rob Saunders’ first-half goal, the Yellamen kept out their hosts until deep into stoppage time when they scrambled home an equaliser.

It was a heartbreaking end to the contest for United but they recovered well and got through extra-time to earn themselves another shot.

“It’s never nice to concede a goal so late,” said McGrotty. “Before the game we’d have probably taken 1-1 and the chance to bring them back to our place.

“But to concede 2 minutes into injury-time having held out for so long made it disappointing.

“We’d been under pressure for so long – they had thrown everything at us and missed a few chances.

“You began to think they must have missed their last chance but they got one more and this time they took it.”

He added: “They are a good team, the best we’ve faced so far.”

“They are very well organised and have some very good players.

“We will have to be at our best again to get the result we want.”

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