Lee Collings gives a warning to his Durham City players to improve

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JOINT manager Lee Collings has warned his Durham City boys they risk falling out of the Evo-Stik League Challenge Cup if they fail to improve on Saturday’s performance.

They play Frickley Athletic at the Esh Group stadium tonight.

He said: “It was like chalk and cheese compared to the three previous games and in the end I was pleased to get a point against Prescot Cables, even though they didn’t equalise until the last minute.

“We just didn’t perform and it was a bad day at the office all round.

“Our display was in sharp contrast to previous matches and if we can get back to the sort of form we showed then, we’ll be in with a chance.”

Elliott Cutts had to be substituted on Saturday with concussion and Josh Home Jackson sustained an injury to his ankle.

Sunderland RCA face a difficult task in the STL Northern League First Division game at Dunston UTS.

Manager Neil Hixon has re-signed striker Paul Taylor from Easington Colliery, but definitely out are Steve Jones and Keith Graydon.

In Division Two, Horden CW boss Brian Honour will be without six players against Birtley Town at Welfare Park.

Chris Rookes, Tom Gavin, Andrew Richardson, Adam Croft, Paul Garthwaite and Ashley Corker, who is on trial with Grimsby Town, all miss out.

There is some good news, however, in that Lee Armes and Dan Parker return.

Washington, who have slipped to mid-table, visit in-form North Shields, who have won 10 and drawn three of their last 13 games to move into third position.