Crunch night for Northern League teams

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IT’S a crucial night in the STL Northern League with the three contenders for the championship all in action.

West Auckland Town, who are four points ahead of Spennymoor Town, could find it difficult at home to Whitley Bay.

For the first time in years, the Seahorses are not challenging at this stage of the season, but manager Ian Chandler is determined his side will finish in the top six.

Spennymoor with a game in hand on West Auckland, travel to Bedlington Terriers whose boss Tony Lowery is also anxious to end in the top six.

Dunston UTS are now the outsiders for the title, although, they have played two games fewer than West Auckland, they trail the leaders by eight points.

Billy Irwin takes his team to Guisborough Town where victory will be vital, if the Tynesiders are to maintain their challenge.

In Division Two, Chester-le-Street are ending the season on a high and victory over Whitehaven in their penultimate game of the season at Chester Moor Park should secure a mid table position.

The semi-finals of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup take place with Darlington RA at home to Northallerton Town while Team Northumbria travel to Gillford Park.