SUNDERLAND RCA, whose championship hopes suffered a big setback on Saturday, will be hoping that Spennymoor Town and Dunston UTS share the points in tonight’s crucial STL Northern League game at The Brewery field.
The pair are challenging strongly for the title. A win for Jason Ainsley’s side would take them to within three points of the Wearsiders with two games in hand.
“Beating RCA on Saturday was a massive result for us but we can’t take the foot off the pedal,” said Ainsley.
“Dunston will be another hard nut to crack. If they win they’ll be just two points behind us and they’ve played four games fewer than ourselves so it’s easy to see how important the match is for both teams.”
Moors have doubts surrounding Craig Turns and Craig Ruddy, who was outstanding on Saturday while UTS boss Billy Irwin will assess his squad before naming a starting line-up.
He said: “We had a really testing challenge, both physically and mentally at the week-end but it was great to reach the final of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
“We are off to Wembley next month but before then there is the little matter of the championship to play for. The club has applied for promotion to the Evo-Stik League Division One North so we have a lot to play for before the Vase final,” said Irwin.
At the other end of the table, defeat for Tow Law Town against Penrith would see them relegated. Victory, though, would not secure Penrith’s safety with Jarrow Roofing and Consett also battling against the drop.
In Division Two, Easington Colliery and Horden CW are both in action as they battle against relegation. Easington visit Birtley Town, who still have an outside chance of claiming one of the three promotion places.
General manager Andy Colledge reports that Michael McAvoy could make his comeback after being sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury. James Huntley is also named but both Robert Huntley and Martin Langley will need to undergo late checks to see if they are fit to play.
Horden CW are second from bottom, six points better off than Easington, before they host Alnwick Town.
Boss Peter Mulcaster has Dan Reeves, Aaron Hopper and Darren Atkinson back.
Chester-le-Street are looking to finish at least mid-table.
A win tonight at Chester Moor Park over Whitehaven would take the Cestrians to within one point of the Cumbrians, who are half-way.