High-flying Cestrians boss given realistic targets

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Chester-le-Street, who lead Division Two, have set only one target for manager Colin Wake – to win sufficient points and qualify for next season’s FA Cup.

Chester-le-Street, who lead the Ebac Northern League Division Two, have set only one target for manager Colin Wake – to win sufficient points and qualify for next season’s FA Cup.

Chairman Joe Burlison, a founder member 43 years ago said: “There’s no pressure on Colin or the players. I know it’s an old cliche, but we take every game as it comes.

“We are all enjoying our success and there’s a great camaraderie throughout the club.

“We’ll go out tomorrow against Heaton Stannington aiming to maintain winning form, but it will not be the end of the world if we fail.”

Heaton boss Jeff Walker reckons it will be an interesting game at Chester Moor Park.

“We haven’t hit the ground running and not done as well as expected, but we are now just about clear of injuries which should help us back to winning form,” reported Walker. The Stanner’s only absentee is Richard Hoggins who is about a month away from making a comeback.

Seaham Red Star visit Jarrow Roofing, who have Corey Barnes back from injury but miss Jamie Marshall.

“We beat Seaham a few weeks ago, but this will be a totally different game. I think they have signed a few players,” said Roofing boss Ritchie McLoughlin.

Only three games are scheduled in Division One. Leaders Shildon Town will aim to stretch their lead over Morpeth Town, who are on Vase duty, by defeating Consett and Guisborough Town (at North Shields) will go second should they win.

Meanwhile, Marske United have home advantage over Dunston UTS.

In Division Two, Ryhope CW meet Billingham Town at Recreation Park unable to name Jonny Ball, Martin Metcalfe or Craig Hughes, but club captain Phil Hall is available.

The Teessiders have injury concerns for Lewis Murphy and Daniel Rowbotham.