Durham City boss hunts striker for Terriers return

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DURHAM City manager Ian Chandler is hoping to sign a striker before tomorrow’s return Ebac Northern League First Division fixture at home to Bedlington Terriers.

City will be out to avenge Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Bedlington, but Chandler cannot name Chris Wallace or Ricky Fenwick, who sustained a broken foot playing Sunday football. Ross Wilkinson and Stephen Stewart, however, come into his plans.

The New Ferens Park boss said: “I’ve been trying for some time but now a bid has been accepted. It’s a matter of getting the deal over the line.”

Dunston UTS have won their last six league and cup matches after losing the first two, but they could find it difficult against Bishop Auckland, the only side with a 100 per cent record.

Dunston manager Billy Irwin adds Stephen Harrison to a full-strength squad.

There is a local derby at Woodhorn Lane between Ashington and Morpeth Town.

The Colliers have injury doubts for Lance McGlen, James Novak and skipper Andrew Johnson, while Morpeth go without Dan Taggart but former Ashington player Mattie Grive is added to the squad.

Billingham Synthonia have signed goalkeeper Johnny Ball and centre-half Ryan Foster and the pair are expected to play at Crook Town, who are still without a win.

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