Smith hoping to get new faces in at Chester-le-Street

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CHESTER-LE-STREET’S recently-appointed manager Anth Smith has moved quickly to strengthen his squad and he’s hoping to bring in two new players before tonight’s STL Northern League Second Division game with Team Northumbria at Chester Moor Park.

“Anth and I have are working on a couple of signings. We’ve put in seven days’ notice for a striker and a defender and hopefully the moves will be completed today,” said chairman Joe Burlison.

The Cestrians have slipped to fifth bottom and face another stiff challenge tonight. Team Northumbria are second top only a point behind leaders Darlington RA with a game in hand.

Horden CW are in an even bigger predicament than Chester-le-Street. The Colliers are bottom with just one win and four points from 10 games.

They visit Ryton and Crawcrook Albion who have been busy strengthing their squad in recent weeks as they attempt to make an immediate return to the top flight.

Seaham Red Star are also in the bottom six but visit Gillford Park with renewed confidence following a five-goal blitz of Annfield Plain in the Durham Challenge Cup at the weekend.

Birtley Town came close to upsetting the form book only to concede a last minute winner to South Shields in the FA Carlberg Vase.

They return to league duty at Whickham who are up to fifth and among the favourites for promotion.

So too are Esh Winning and the result of their clash at Thornaby will be crucial to the promotion aspirations of both teams.

In Division One South Shields and Tow Law lock horns in a bottom three contest at Filtona Park. The sides are equal on points but the Mariners, who have played only six games, have four matches in hand on the Lawyers who crashed to a six goals defeat in their last outing.

Dunston UTS have the chance to reduce Sunderland RCA’s lead to just a couple of points when they take on Jarrow Roofing, while West Auckland could go second if they win at Marske United and UTS slip up.

H Durham City boss Dickie Ord is looking for an improved display from his side at Farsley FC in the Doodson Sport Cup tonight.

He was pleased with Saturday’s 4-1 win against Cammell Laird, but felt the result was much better than the performance.

Andrew Stephenson is out after picking up an injury at the weekend, and Ord is set to make changes and may rest one or two other players.

Ross Wilkinson cannot make the journey, with Stephen Thompson, David Dowson and Arjun Purewal all rated doubtful.