Peterlee gear up for new era

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PETERLEE Town are raring to go againin the Wearside League, under their new management team of Paul Frame (pictured) and Craig Parkinson.

The pair, who have had big success with Farringdon Dolphin in the Wearside Combination League, have made more than 30 signings to breathe new life into the Eden Lane outfit.

Before Christmas, the Newtowners were forced to seek a postponement of their fixture with Silksworth Rangers when manager Don Naylor and several players left the club.

But they are up and running again, raring to go in tomorrow’s Wearside League Cup tie at home to Redcar Athletic.

Secretary Billy Bennett said: “Let’s face it, we were in turmoil and there was no way we could have fielded a side.

“But we’ve brought in Paul and Craig as our new management team and they’ve signed more than 30 players.

“We cannot wait to get started again, even though we know it’s going to be very difficult against Redcar Athletic, who are second top.”

Bennett has paid tribute to the help the Newtowners received from the league, rival clubs and local coaches. “Everybody has been very supportive in hour of need,” added Bennett.

Redcar have a near full-strength squad to choose from and their only absentee is Andy Bell. Lance Skelton and Nicky Ward are in contention for places in the starting line up.

Holders Ryhope CW travel to Cleator Moor Celtic for their tie and although manager Martin Swales is able to welcome back Chris Trewick, he awaits news on the availability of James Dunn and Phil Hall.

In the remaining second round tie, Darlington Cleveland Bridge miss Nev Fuller, Jack Johns and Tom Watson, who are all suspended, while hosts Stockton Town have Matty Hyson and Tom Hinchley banned.