Players will select Easington line-up

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MANAGERLESS Easington Colliery face another difficult afternoon when they line up against promotion challengers West Allotment Celtic in the STL Northern League Second Division.

Recently, Mark Proudlock left after only six games at the helm and secretary Alan Purvis is hoping that a replacement will soon be in charge.

He said: “Senior players will probably choose tomorrow’s team but the good news is that four players are back.

“Club captain Michael Watson, Danny Flounders, Chris Tarn and Callum Sweeney could also make the squad and hopefully we can end a losing sequence.”

A blow for the Colliers, though, is the news that goalkeeper Niki Lawson has sustained a bad leg injury in Sunday football which will sideline him for a number of weeks. Youngster Chris Stoker will be given his opportunity tomorrow.

Easington prop up the table and Horden CW are only one place and two points better off ahead of their visit to Whickham.

Manager Brian Honour, though, is unfazed at the Colliers’ predicament.

“We’ve played pretty well in recent weeks and it was a huge confidence boost claiming a point against Gilford Park on Tuesday.

“I’m confident it is onwards and upwards and I’m looking forward to taking something from the game at The Glebe,” said Honour.

Horden have signed Phil Robinson from Newton Aycliffe and Colin Young from local football. The pair are expected to be involved but Michael Jospeh and Jack Honour are both out with hamstring injuries.

Chester-le-Street are fourth from the basement and at Alnwick Town manager Anth Smith has Sam Renwick in contention. He made his comeback as a substitute last week after being out for three months with a medial ligament injury.

Michael Coglan is also in contention for a place in starting line-up but a hamstring injury rules out Dan Smith.

Seaham Red Star are also too near the relegation zone for comfort despite having improved in recent weeks.

They are at home to Birtley Town and assistant manager Kevin Turns is looking for the team to bounce back following a disappointing performance at Darlington RA.

Anthony Laidler and Liam Hodgson are ruled out but Tim Bowman could return after being sidelined for a couple of weeks.

Birtley Town have signed Michael McCaffery from Jarrow Roofing and their squad is further boosted with the inclusion of James Allopp and Scott Garrett.

Washington, delighted with their winning performance at Whickham in the last game which lifted them to mid table, host Northallerton Town and their only absentee is player/manager Richie Latimer who is banned.

Alan Oliver, Jake Leighton, Mark Covell and Graeme Carter are named alongside David Halk, a recent transfer from Morpeth Town.

Team Northumbria lead the table ahead of their visit to Whitehaven and second top Esh Winning have home advantage over Gillford Park.

Darlington RA, who went third with a midweek win, go to Brandon United and fourth top North Shields will aim to stretch their impressive record against Thornaby.

After claiming just one point from their first three games the Robins have taken 35 of the 42 and boast the best defensive record.