FA Cup: Hutchinson will make sure Washington are fully focused at West Auckland

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Fifteen Ebac Northern League clubs will be gunning for glory in the preliminary round of the FA Cup tomorrow.

Washington, with three wins and a draw from four Northern League Division One fixtures, go to West Auckland with high hopes of progressing.

They defeated Blackburn side AFC Darwen in the previous round,but manger Steven Hutchinson is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “Sometimes a side struggling in the league, as West Auckland are doing, can do OK in a cup tie, so I’ll make sure the lads are focused.”

The Mechanics miss goalkeeper Josh Carmichael, so Martin Jackson dons the jersey. The returning Aaron Croft is also looking for a place in the starting line-up.

Jarrow Roofing hope to avenge a recent 4-2 league defeat when they re-visit Bishop Auckland.

“It was a hard game the other week, but we are up for tomorrow’s match,” said manager Ritchie McLoughlin, who welcomes the return of Shaun Vipond and Corey Barnes, especially as neither Kieran Wrightson nor Jamie Marshall can play.

Morpeth Town, deposed as First Division leaders on Wednesday, travel to Newton Aycliffe and manager Nick Gray awaits news on the availability of Stephen Forster, Shaun Bell and Chris Jewels.

North Shields host Evo-Stik League side Kendal Town and a big blow is the absence of Gareth Bainbridge, Denver Morris, Jack Donninson, Curtis Coppen, Michael McKeown and David Pounder, who is cup-tied having played for Durham City in a previous round.

Captain Kevin Hughes resumes and Dean Holmes could play a part a some stage.

He made a substitute appearance last Saturday, making his comeback. His previous outing was when the Robins defeated Glossop North End in May’s FA Carlsberg Vase final at Wembley.

For their tie at Guisborough Town, Newcastle Benfield name Steve Baptist and Dean Walker, while Mark Cook, who is in tremendous form, again deputises for injured goalkeeper Andrew Grainger.

Ashington boss Steve Harmison brings in Dylan Williamson, James Harmison and Scott Blandfor,d but Kyle Downey and Paul Dunn are doubtful for the home tie against West Yorkshire outfit Thackley.

Dunston UTS are not relishing what could be a difficult journey to Barrow for their fixture with Holker Old Boys.

They are setting off early, but Michael Pearson, Andy Clark and Dan Wilson, who this week moved to North Shields, will not be involved. Fortunately, Michael Dixon and Malcolm Morien are named.

Whitley Bay, plagued with a long injury list, welcome the inclusion of Jake Richardson, Chris Reid and Phil Lumsden at home to Heaton Stannington. Manager Paddy Atkinson is trying to bring in a replacement for striker Peter Watling whose work has taken him to Dubai.