Durham City raring to go

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DURHAM City, disappointed that their game at Witton Albion on Saturday was called off just as they were about to leave the Esh Group stadium, are again on their travels tonight, writes Malcolm Pratt.

Joint manager Lee Collings said: “Saturday’s postponement means we face another mid-week journey which I could do without. It’s always difficult to field a full-strength side because players are either at college or working, in addition to those who are unfit.”

Tonight is no different with full backs Mark Batey and Gareth Ayers together with striker Stephen Thompson all unable to travel.

There is good news for Collings in that Connor Winter definitely makes the squad and Josh Home Jackson also returns.

Chester-le-Street’s fixture at Whickham on Saturday was postponed and the clubs have arranged for the game to go ahead tonight.

“I want to thank the two clubs for taking the initiative which means it’s one less for me to re-arrange,” declared league secretary Tony Golightly who on Friday will be recognised for his 20-years service at a dinner to be held at the Ramside Hall Hotel.

The outcome of the game between North Shields and Team Northumbria at the Daren Persson stadium will be eagerly watched by those sides challenging for promotion.

The Robins have shot into third place on the back of 11 wins and three draws from their last 14 outings, while Team are fifth, despite losing at the weekend.

In Division One, Spennymoor Town will be anxious to return to winning form. They surprisingly lost to lowly Stokesley on Saturday and trail leaders Consett by five points with just one game in hand on the Steelmen.

Jarrow Roofing expect to take a strong squad to The Brewery field.

Sunderland RCA will aim for a place in the Fourth Round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when they take on South Shields in an all-First Division clash at Filtrona Park.

Manager Neil Hixon will need to assess the fitness of Marc Ellison, Keith Graydon and Steve Jones.