Seaham Red Star look to step up

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SEAHAM Red Star, who have won eight and drawn one of their last nine games, have the chance to go second in the Ebac Northern League Second Division when they visit Stokesley SC tonight.

Manager Mark Collingwood, who is working on completing a major signing before the weekend, can’t name Daryl Donnelly or Josh Allen but Dean Nicholson and Darren Reay come into his plans and the pair could make the starting line-up.

Leaders North Shields start favourites at home to inconsistent Willington, while Jarrow Roofing will aim to maintain their promotion challenge at Esh Winning.

Manager Richie McLoughlin reports that Jamie Marshall, Kevin McDonald, Justin Perry and Dan Reed resume and that his only absentee is Corey Barnes.

In Division One, Durham City face up to Newcastle Benfield at the Sam Smiths ground.

Benfield boss Steve Bowey, disappointed that his side played badly, losing to St Andrews in the FA Carlsberg Vase at the weekend, is looking for an immediate reaction.

Bowey, though, will not be in the squad since he is ruled out with a back injury.

Despite defeating Sunderland RCA 5-0 at the weekend, Morpeth Town are still battling against relegation and they could find it difficult at home to top-six side Guisborough Town at Craik Park.

Dunston UTS, who also went out of the Vase on Saturday, are at home to Newton Aycliffe in a mid-table clash. Aycliffe are one place and a point above UTS who have no fewer than eight games in hand on their opponents.