Easington vow to keep on fighting until the end

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EASINGTON Colliery vowed to keep on fighting – regardless of which league they are in next season.

The Colliers look almost certain to finish bottom of the STL Northern League Second Division and ahead of their home game with Crook Town tomorrow, general manager Andy Colledge admits the future it uncertain.

He said: “Let’s face it, we are favourites to end at the basement, but it doesn’t automatically mean we’ll be relegated.

“I understand that the facilities at one or two clubs are not up to standard and if this is so they could be compulsory relegated. It’s happened before so all we can do it wait and see.”

Colledge is attempting to get more Easington people involved and looking to appoint both a secretary and treasurer. Anyone interested is asked to contact him on 07508 477470.

Tomorrow, manager Paul Adamson will field a stronger side with the return of brothers James and Robbie Huntley, Dan Sanders and Carl Winspear but Paul Moss is suspended.

Horden CW have experienced a topsy-turvy season but look certain to avoid the wooden spoon.

The former Hartlepool player Brian Honour was in charge early in the campaign and after Bobby Orton took over he was replaced by Peter Mulcaster.

Tomorrow, the manager has delayed announcing his squad for the visit to Gillford Park who are celebrating after making history by clinching promotion to the top flight when they won at Chester-le-Street in midweek.

Seaham Red Star are third from the basement before they tackle Darlington RA, who until recently were challenging for promotion.

Red Star are also planning for next season and hope to have a new manager in place shortly. They are confident that the improvements necessary to their facilities will be completed by the deadline of May 31.

“We are now safe from the drop and much more relaxed. We’ve now got to press on and improve next season” declared caretaker boss Kevin Turns who has ruled himself out of taking on a permanent role.

Craig McManus, Michael McEwan, Michael Turnbull and Michael Chapman all resume for Seaham’s penultimate game of the season.

Chester-le-Street, who lost for the first time in seven games on Tuesday, are confident of sustaining a top half finish. They visit North Shields with Johnny Evans, Luke Proctor and Aaron Croft coming into the plans of manager Anth Smith who awaits news on the fitness of Paul Wardell.

Chairman Joe Burlison, who helped to form the club in the 70s, is optimistic for next season.

He said: “Anth Smith has turned the club around and we no only have Luke Gillespie and Evans of the players who started the season.”

Washington are at home to Whickham and manager Ritchie Latimer welcomes the inclusion of Nicky Evans and Daniel Robinson but Mark Covell is on the injured list.

With Team Northumbria, Gillford Park and Hebburn Town promoted, it has still to be decided who will be the third club to replace them in Division Two next season.

Stokesley SC and Town Law Town are relegated and will be joined by either Penrith or Jarrow Roofing.

The Cumbrians are just a point behind the South Tynesiders with two games in hand and a much better goals difference. They could find it difficult through at home to Ashington who are fighting to secure a top six finish.

Jarrow Roofing boss Ritchie McLoughlin is relaxed before his teams final game at Bedlington Terriers.

“It’s no good looking over our shoulders. We’ve got to try and win and just hope that Penrith keep slipping up.

“We’ve done really well in our last 10 games with six wins and a draw but it might not be enough. I’ve learned a few things this season and if we do go down we’ll be alright” declared McLoughlin.

Three teams are battling for the Championship. Leaders West Auckland Town start firm favourites at home to Stokesley SC who have taken only four point from 40 games.

Spennymoor Town face a more tricky task at Newcastle Benfield who have improved since the appointment of Perry Briggs as manager. He will face his former club where he was number two to Jason Ainsley, for the first time.

Despite claiming just one point from their last three games, Dunston UTS are still in the mix but will need to bounce back against South Shields at the UTS stadium.

H Last night West Auckland Town boosted their chances of claiming the title with a 9-1 win over Billingham Synthonia.

As soon as West opened the scoring, the floodgates opened as Stuart Banks (2), Mattie Moffat (2), Dan Hindmarsh (2), Elliott Gardner, Michael Rae and Steve Johnson all struck.