Northern League: Washington boss Hixon unveils two new signings in trip to Seaham Red Star

Sunderland RCAs Callum Hassan (red) gets in a shot against North Shields last week. The sides meet again tomorrow

Sunderland RCAs Callum Hassan (red) gets in a shot against North Shields last week. The sides meet again tomorrow

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Seaham Red Star will be looking to keep up their good early-season Division One form when they take on Washington at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium tomorrow.

Paul Gardiner is unavailable due to personal reasons and summer signing Luke Proctor is injured, with striker David Paul unavailable due to holidays.

On-loan Denver Morris is available after missing the midweek Durham Challenge Cup win over Sunderland West End.

Washington manager Neil Hixon said: “Andrew Brown is injured, but hopefully I can make two new signings – Glen Lane from Consett and Jordan Jewson from Whitby. Those two will be added to the squad for the Red Star game.

“We played Seaham earlier on in the season and lost 3-0, but we’re confident that we’ll reverse the result and get one or three points.”

Meanwhile, experienced Washington centre-back Paul Wardle is looking for a fresh challenge and is available for transfer.

Sunderland RCA travel to North Shields, a week after holding the Robins to an entertaining goalless draw at Meadow Park.

Manager Martin Swales said: “We have got Steven Stewart and Reece Noble out suspended. Goalkeeper Neal Bussey is out with a fractured ankle and there will be late fitness tests for Colin Larkin, James Armstrong and Michael Charlton and James Cassidy.

“I am down to the bare bones at the moment with injuries and suspensions, but we are going to go there positive and hopefully come away with the three points.”

North Shields will go top with a point or better, as leaders South Shields are on FA Vase duty. Tomorrow’s game is their match in hand on the Mariners.

Defending champions Shildon, fourth but with games in hand on all the teams above them, host West Allotment Celtic and the visitors have a fully fit squad.

Dean Street manager Gary Forrest said: “We’ve got Matthew Robson back, who missed last week because of work, and late fitness tests for Lewis Wing and Stephen Capper.

“We need to pick up three points and keep the pressure on South and North Shields.”

Newton Aycliffe, boosted by their eight-goal super show in midweek, entertain Marske United. Aycliffe are third and six points behind South Shields, with two games in hand.

Dunston UTS, beaten by North Shields in midweek, travel to Morpeth Town and welcome back Malky Morien and Dan Smith from bans.

Dale Burrows should return from injury and Richy Slaughter is back from holiday, but Liam Thear is banned.

In a six-game Division Two programme, Tow Law Town look for a third straight win in all competitions when they host Durham City, little over a fortnight since the sides drew 2-2 at Consett.

Crook Town, looking for a much-needed win, have a tough game at home to high-flying Whickham, but have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Whickham’s Kallum Broadhead is available after suspension, but Craig Jelley is set to miss out with injury.

Brandon United, fresh from a morale-boosting win over Whickham, entertain Willington, while Hebburn Town, who disappointed in a 3-0 midweek loss at Norton, head to Darlington RA in a sixth successive away game.

Callum Smith, Ally Downey, James Talbot and Josh Perry all miss out, but Chris Smith and Glen Hargrave return after missing the Norton game.