Easington target icing on promotion cake by landing cup final victory

Easington Colliery (green/white) take on Horden earlier in the season
Easington Colliery (green/white) take on Horden earlier in the season
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EASINGTON Colliery are hoping to put the icing on the cake when they lock horns with Stockton Town in tomorrow’s Wearside League Cup Final at Welfare Park (2pm).

The Colliers’ first aim was to gain promotion to the Ebac Northern League Second Division, a feat they achieved a couple of weeks ago.

Now, they will attempt to prevent Stockton from achieving what would be a quadruple success.

The Teessiders are champions for a third successive season and have also won the league’s two other domestic competitions – the Monkwearmouth and Shipowners’ Cups

Colliers’ assistant boss, Craig Parkinson, said: “We didn’t put on a show in the two games against them this season, although this is an opportunity to gain revenge and end what has been a marvellous season on a high.

“We have been in good form, winning our last 14 league matches and we only lost two out of 28 domestic games so we feel we are in with a chance.”

Manager Paul Frame misses Jordan Thompson and Ian Redman and will need to give fitness tests to Dale Spence, Bryan Norton and Shaun Smith before finalising his line-up from a 19-man squad.

Stockton, who ended 12 points ahead of runners-up Easington, cannot call upon James Ward or Macauley Longstaff, but otherwise have a full pool of players as they go for a clean sweep.

Two fixtures will complete the league season.

Spennymoor Town Reserves, almost certain to finish sixth, visit Richmond Town but Ross Morrow, David Atkinson, Reece Brown and Chris Baxter are all sidelined.

Wolviston sign off with a long journey to Cleator Moor. A win would lift Wolviston one place to fifth-bottom.