Northern League: Easington hope for better at Birtley after cup abandonment

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Easington Colliery hope for better luck tomorrow – after seeing last night’s Cameron Brwwery Brooks Mileson League Cup tie abandoned.

The game got underway despite the heavy rain in the North East, though visitors Seaham Red Star made the better start, with Nicky Kane needing just four minutes to make the breakthrough.

Dan Kirkup added a second before the floodlights failed.

Though the lights came back on, the torrential rain meant that the pitch was considered too waterlogged to continue, with play stopped after 23 minutes.

Tomorrow, Easington Colliery are back in Division Two action at Birtley Town with Rob Hall, brought in from Silksworth CW, included in an 18-man squad.

Recently, manager Paul Frame and assistant Craig Parkinson have also signed Mark Robson (Seaham Red Star) and Scott Thompson (Bedlington Terriers) as they look to make a determined push for promotion.

Ryhope CW are fifth with games in hand on the four sides above them. Gary Pearson takes his team to third-bottom Willington and includes Kyle Davis, signed from Bishop Auckland.

David Gordon and Chris Trewick also come into his plans, but Stephen Francis will need his fitness assessed before Pearson finalises the squad.

Another bumper crowd is expected at Mariners Park when leaders South Shields host Tow Law Town.

“Fans have been fantastic, giving the lads a right lift. We are averaging over 600 at home, and twice we’ve topped the 1,000 mark,” exclaimed manager Jon King, who has Adam Sakr back but Lewis Teasdale is suspended.

Shields have revealed hopes for a 5,000-capacity ground as they push for Conference football in the long term.

The Mariners have an eight-point lead over Chester-le-Street, who visit Heaton Stannington without Mark Peck, although goalkeeper Joe Clayton, signed from Silksworth CW is named. The Stann have Richard Hoggins sidelined with a knee problem and Adrian Watson is given only a 50-50 chance of recovering from an injury to his calf.