Cestrians target victory at strugglers

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CHESTER-LE-STREET aim to extend their winning sequence when they visit bottom of the table Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in the Ebac Northern League Second Division tonight.

Following an indifferent start to the season, the Cestrians have come good on the back of four consecutive victories.

And it will be a surprise if they don’t make it five at the expense of Ryton, who have managed just four points out of a possible 42.

Jack Honour, whose father John had two spells with the Cestrians, returns and so too does Ollie Forsyth but work commitments sideline David Surrey.

After defeating Ryton 4-0 at the week-end which enabled them to move off the basement, Washington will leap-frog third-from-bottom Esh Winning if they defeat their rivals at Waterhouses.

There is a top-five clash at Northallerton Town, who host Birtley Town. Paul Brayson’s side are one place and a point behind, with three games in hand on the home side.

In Division One, the game of the night is between in-form sides Newcastle Benfield and Spennymoor Town at the Sam Smiths Ground.