Horden CW aiming at more wins in the Northern League

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HORDEN CW aim to continue where they left off on Saturday and halt the promotion aspirations of North Shields when they meet in tonight’s STL Northern League Second Division game at the Daren Persson Stadium.

The Colliers held Marske United to a draw when victory would have lifted the Seasiders into third position.

A definite absentee from the Colliers line-up is Ashley Corker, who is again on trial with Grimsby Town.

But they could be boosted by the return of Chris Rookes and Craig Garthwaite.

In Division One, Sunderland RCA line-up against Jarrow Roofing at Meadow Park and boss Neil Hixon expects a different game to the one at Stokesley on Saturday.

Joe Fairish will not play again this season after having an operation on his ankle.

Also out tonight is Marc Ellison with a hamstring injury but Chris Smith has recovered from flu and is added to the squad.

Hixon will give a late fitness test to Scott Richards, who dislocated a couple of toes playing against South Shields.

Bishop Auckland and Esh Winning are also involved in a relegation fight and the outcome of their fixture at Heritage Park will be crucial to both teams.

H Chester-le-Street will make another attempt to play their Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup Second Round tie against Whitehaven at Chester Moor Park. Manager

Stuart Sherwood will check on the availability of players before announcing his line-up.

Because Durham City’s Evo Stik League Challenge Cup-tie with Sheffield FC has been postponed three times, the game has been switched to the Esh Group Stadium.

Following Saturday’s six goals blitz of Woodley Sports, joint manager Lee Collings is unlikely to make voluntary changes to his side.

Centre back Arjun Purewal was doubtful on Saturday but was passed fit and continued his strong partnership with Ross Wilkinson, which has been a feature of City’s play in recent games.

BRANDON United were unlucky not to claim at least a point from their STL Northern League Second Division game at Team Northumbria last night.

The Durham side, battling to move out of the bottom two, held their high-flying opponents until the 83rd minute when Graeme Cairns scored the only goal, heading a right wing cross into the top corner of the net.

Team leapfrogged three sides and are now third top, their highest position so far.

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