Seaham Red Star moving in the right direction

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STEVE Cook, recently-appointed Seaham Red Star manager, is confident his new charges are on the right road.

 Tomorrow, they visit North Shields confident after taking four points from their last two STL Northern League Second Division games.

“It should have been six out of six and I was disappointed we conceded a two goals lead last weekend.

“But we have a young squad and hopefully they will learn all the time.

“It won’t be an easy task against the Robins but I’m confident we can keep moving forward,” enthused Cook, pictured right.

Despite being bottom of the table, Horden CW boss Brian Honour is also optimistic although he accepts that the visit from table-topping Team Northumbria presents a huge challenge.

He said: “Everybody here is on the same playing level and there is great commitment throughout the club.”

Michael Joseph, Jack Honour, Lloyd Evans, Chris Baxter, Stepehen Jackson, Callum Wilson, Greg Rutherford and Chris Freeman all return for Horden while Shaun Joseph, is expected to make his debut.

Chester-le-Street have slipped to second from the basement and manager Anth Smith is still assessing his squad although he has signed a number of players since recently taking over at Chester Moor Park.

He could add a couple of new faces before the game with Thornaby but he may have to without Dan Smith who is struggling with a groin injury.

Washington entertain Darlington RA with manager Ritchie Latimer looking for a positive response following two consecutive defeats.

Birtley Town manager, Barry Fleming, reports that Ritchie Fenwick, signed from Newcastle Benfield, is set to play and Andy Hunter returns in goal against Alnwick Town.

Alnwick, promoted from the Northern Alliance at the end of last season, this week parted company with joint managers Dougie McEwan and Stephen Gibbard. Paul Yeadon takes temporary charge tomorrow.

Easington Colliery cannot call upon Simon Todd, David Doughty, David Lamb, Chris Tarn, Danny Flounders and Michael Watson for their difficult assignment at Gillford Park.

H Three teams will be flying the flag in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Spennymoor Town visit Evo Stik League Division One North side Witton Albion and manager Jason Ainsley cannot name Sonny Andrews, Gavin Barton or Sam Garvie but goalkeeper Craig Turns resumes.

Second Division minnows Hebburn Town face another difficult hurdle at Radcliff Borough while Ashington are the only side with home advantage.

Their task could hardly be greater. Guiseley AFC, third top in Blue Square Bet North are visitors to Woodhorn Lane. The Colliers definitely miss Gareth Bainbridge, Darren Lough and Stephen Young.