EASINGTON Colliery, eight points behind third-from-bottom Ryton and Crawcrook Albion in the STL Northern League Second Division relegation dog-fight, face a difficult task tonight when they go to Gillford Park.
The Cumbrians are challenging strongly for promotion and a win would lift them into fourth place, just a point behind Esh Winning.
Easington manager Andy Colledge is again without injured trio Chris Tarn, Danny Flounders and Callum Sweeney but Martin Langley and James Huntley, unavailable on Saturday, are expected to make the journey.
Only four games are schedulled in the Division One but leaders Sunderland RCA will anxiously await the results from three of them.
West Auckland Town will return to pole position if they take just one point from South Shields and Whitley Bay will reduce RCA’s advantage over them to a couple of points if they defeat Marske United.
Another of the title contenders, Dunston UTS are also in action. They host Ashington and a win for Billy Irwin’s side could lift them to third.
North Shields, with 15 wins and nine draws in their last 24 away games, visit Hebburn Town in the Second Round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup when they will aim to extend their magnificent record.