Northern League: Parkinson targets Easington double against table-topping Shields

Chester-le-Street (hoops) take on Newton Aycliffe in the FA Vase last Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Chester-le-Street (hoops) take on Newton Aycliffe in the FA Vase last Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Division Two’s match of the day pitches promotion candidates Easington Colliery and South Shields together at Welfare Park.

Easington assistant manager Craig Parkinson is gunning for a double against the Mariners, who have won 15 games on the trot.

“We beat them a couple of months ago and there’s no reason why we can’t complete another upset and round off what would be a perfect week, following wins over Jarrow Roofing and Thornaby,” enthused Parkinson.

Although Shane O’Brien, Shaun Smith and Jordan Thompson are available after recovering from injuries, a massive blow is the news that influential central midfielder Luke Page could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle problem.

Chester-le-Street are second, going into their game at Billingham Town and boss Colin Wake reckons that Tuesday’s five-goal blast of Crook Town will be a real confidence-booster.

“The win stopped a recent run of poor form, but it will be a tough game at Billingham where we never do particularly well,” said Wake.

“Fortunately, I’ve got a near full-strength squad available, the only absentee being Lee Mole.”

Third-top Ryhope CW have home advantage against Northallerton Town and it’s a case of two in and two out for manager Gary Pearson and assistant Stu Gooden.

Club captain Phil Hall and Stephen Oakley are back in action, but neither Craig Hughes nor Martin Metcalfe can play.