HORDEN CW last night parted company with manager Bobby Orton, who was immediately replaced by Peter Mulcaster.
Secretary John Stubbs said: “Bobby has done a tremendous job both on and off the field.
“He has a heart as big as a lion and ensured we had at least 15 players for every game he was in charge despite nobody receiving a penny in expenses.
“Bobby is a true Northern League man and the club would like to thank him for his loyalty, enthusiam and dedication. He will always be welcome at Welfare Park.”
Former player Peter Mulcaster takes over with immediate effect. He has considerable managerial experience in the STL Northern League, most recently with Esh Winning last season.
H Birtley Town will go third in the Second Division if they beat Whickham tonight, but manager Scott Oliver is wary despite the fact his side has lost just once in the last 12 games.
He said: “Whickham is my bogey side. In three years in charge of Birtley we have lost every league and cup game against them.
“Let’s hope tonight we’ll get revenge.”
A blow to Birtley’s chances is the absence of three players. Scott Garrett is working, Dan Smith is carrying a hip injury while James Allsopp is being troubled with a shin injury.
Striker Scott Emmerson has signed from Horden CW and is in line to make his debut. Andrew McIntosh, meanwhile, has joined Washington.
At the other end of the table, Seaham Red Star are fighting for survival amid the uncertainty as to how many teams might be relegated.
Last month, the STL reported that only three clubs from the Wearside League had applied for promotion and as only one side from each feeder league can go up, it meant that at most just one would go down.
Now, however, there has been a late application from Northern Alliance side Heaton Stannington and the Northumberland FA have yet to decide whether it will be considered.
“Things are up in the air so we’ve got to make sure we don’t finish in the bottom two,” said assistant manager Kevin Turns ahead of the visit from rejuvenated Crook Town.
Red Star have re-signed two former players who will be involved at some stage. Michael Patterson has returned from Jarrow Roofing and David Halliday is back from Washington.
Captain Michael McEwan, who has been outstanding recently, is given only a 50-50 chance of playing.
In Division One, Sunderland RCA will move to the top of the table if they defeat Stokesley SC at Meadow Park.
H Ten-man Hebburn CW crashed to a 5-0 defeat against Team Northumbria in last night’s Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup quarter-final.
Jack Palmer fired Team into a 32nd-minute lead and in the 45th minute Chris Jewells was red-carded.
From the resultant free kick Gavin Donaghue doubled Team’s advantage and in the second half further goals flowed from Johnny Redhead, with a brace, and Mark McCutcheon.