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CHESTER-LE-STREET manager Colin Wake is looking for the Cestrians to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 defeat at the weekend when they visit Darlington RA tonight in the EBAC Northern League second division.

He said: “We held our own against Newcastle Benfield on Saturday, until we conceded a soft second goal.

“Their goalkeeper Andrew Grainger then made a couple of excellent saves from Michael Hepplewhite and they went on to score a further two goals to make it look easier than in fact it was.”

Neither Anthony Lee nor Craig Mickle can play tonight because of injuries and also out is Craig Marron, but fit-again Kevin Duggan returns.

In the first division, Sunderland RCA could do with a win at Celtic Nation to kick-start the season which has seen them win two, draw two and lose four of their first five games.

Significantly, Neil Hixon’s men have scored just five goals in eight games.

A close result is anticipated at New Ferens Park, where unbeaten Durham City take on Dunston UTS.

At the bottom, winless and pointless Billingham Town face another difficult task as home to mid-table Consett.

Marske United, meanwhile, will aim to make it six wins on the bounce at home to fourth top West Auckland Town.

H The delayed FA Carlsberg Vase first qualifying tie between Jarrow Roofing and Thornaby, which was washed out on Saturday goes ahead at Boldon CA (7.30pm).