MANAGER Mark Collingwood describes Seaham Red Star’s Ebac Northern League game at home to Heaton Stannington tonight as “massive” but it’s likely he’ll be without six regular players.
“In recent weeks, we have been devastated by injuries and it’s no better tonight. People point out that we’ve taken just one point from our last three games but it is little wonder considering the difficulties we have had to face,” claimed Collingwood.
Definitely out is top scorer Adam Johnson, who could be sidelined for some weeks with a knee problem. Tommy English and David Parker have back injuries while work commitments rules out Josh Allen.
Captain Chris McCabe and Daryl Donnelly are considered very doubtful and Collingwood is not too hopeful of them playing. Red Star, meanwhile, have agreed a 56-day loan deal with Shildon for Danny Richmond, who has agreed to join the club.
“We are waiting for the FA to approve the transfer but I think it unlikely we’ll get the go-ahead for him to play tonight,” said Collingwood.
Seaham are third top, three points behind Heaton Stannington, who were beaten on Saturday.
Jarrow Roofing have played fewer games than any other side and will aim to push up from 10th position when they host Stokesley SC. It’s so tight in the top half of the table that a win could see Roofing jump into third place.
South Shields, anxious to move out of the bottom six, travel to Darlington RA who will be confident following an excellent win at the week-end.
Following an indifferent start to the season, First Division Dunston UTS have hit form recently and manager Billy Irwin is looking for six points this week, starting tonight against Hebburn Town, who have taken just two points from 12 games. On Saturday, UTS take on Billingham Town, who prop up the table after suffering 12 successive defeats.
Marske United, the only ENL side definitely through to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in which they will visit Southport, are assured of a big turn out by fans for tonight’s game with Ashington.
Another good crowd is expected at West Auckland for their Third Qualifying Round replay against Hednesford Town. Should West win they will be at Stamford AFC in the next stage.