KEVIN Turns has stepped down as manager of Seaham Red Star to be replaced by Steve Cook (pictured), who has been his number two.
“I’m secretary and treasurer and it’s just too much being manager as well,” explained Turns, who reverts to the role of assistant manager.
Steve, who was boss of Brandon United last season, joined us during the summer and I am pleased he has agreed to take over.”
Tonight, Red Star are involved in a bottom-six STL Northern League Division Two clash with West Allotment Celtic at Seaham Town Park.
“We need a result. They went above us on Saturday but a win would enable us to leapfrog them so it’s a crucial match for both teams,” added Turns.
Striker Kevin Gordon, signed last week from local football, could make his full debut and Michael Chapman is also pencilled in for his first outing.
A former player in the Northern League, Chapman could line-up on the left side of midfield.
Michael McEwan also comes into contention but injuries definitely rule out Anth Laidler and Calvin Gowland.
The top half of the First Division is so tight that Dunston UTS have the chance to jump nine places into third position if they win at second-from-bottom Tow Law, who have taken just three points out of a possible 27.
Two other Division One fixtures go ahead. Billingham Town, who won for the first time at the week-end, line-up against Norton and Stockton Ancients in the Teesside derby while Bedlington Terriers go to Marske United.
Birtley Town host Wearside League side Stockton Town in the Durham Challenge Cup favourites to book their place in the next round.
South Shields have home advantage on Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.
The draw for the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup is:- Blyth Spartans v Bedlington Terries, Ashton United v Spennymoor Town, Heburn Town v Squires Gate or Runcorn Linnets, Shildon or Ashington v Vauxhall Motors. Ties to be played on Saturday, October 1.