After Saturday's tremendous victory at St. Ives in the F.A. Vase, Shildon were hoping to carry on their winning ways when they travelled to Ashington on Wednesday 9th February 2010 for the 3rd Round of the Brooks Mileson League Cup tie.
With Shildon's starting line up containing 8 players from Saturday's game, the away supporters thought the Railwaymen would progress into the next round. How wrong they were, as after only 3 mins. Ashington took the lead when the unmarked No 7 David Colvin scored from the edge of the box.
Things got worse for Shildon when after only 10 mins. the same unmarked player Davin Colvin made it 2 - 0 to the home side.
Shildon were jaded and not able to get anywhere near the Ashington goal. It took 34 mins. for their first chance on goal, when a shot from Chris Bell was well wide.
Half Time Ashington 2 Shildon 0.
The second half saw Jon Agbatar replacing John Butler and Karl Everitt replacing Mark Foster, but the changes didn't alter the situation. Although the Railwaymen were passing the ball around much better, they were not troubling the Ashington defence, who were all big lads and were able to clear their lines comfortably.
On 72 mins. the inevitable happened when a long through ball found Ashington's Gareth Bainbridge who blasted past Keith Finch for 3 - 0.
Shildon have played 18 away games in a row in the F.A. Vase and recently acquired a record. They also acquired another record tonight by going through a whole game and not getting a single shot on target. This was Shildon's worst display all season.
After the match, a home supporter said "How are they still in the Vase and how did they beat Whitley Bay 3 - 1. On tonight's performance they couldn't beat Whitley Bay's Girl Guilds Under 11s"
Shildon's backroom staff said all the players tonight were well below par because of Saturday's mammoth game at St. Ives. Their minds were willing but their bodies were not.