Bobby Orton urges Horden to keep it up!

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HORDEN CW manager Bobby Orton will remind his players that one swallow doesn’t make a summer tomorrow in the STL Northern League.

But, nevertheless, he has been impressed at their battling performances since he took over at the Second Division strugglers just before Christmas.

“I don’t make predictions, but the lads have grafted and, following three defeats, their efforts were rewarded with last week’s victory at Thornaby which improved our position near the bottom of the Second Division,” said Orton.

“We host Ryton and Crawcrook Albion tomorrow and have got to train well, remain level-headed and enjoy the game.”

Orton, who insists that he is enjoying the stress of the job, hopes that Stephen Jackson and Kevin Price will come through fitness tests and he could also have a couple of newcomers on board.

Washington are also facing up to a relegation dogfight and, at home to Crook Town, cannot call upon the banned Colin White.

The Newtowners, though, hope that Alan Oliver will have recovered from flu.

Bottom of the table Easington Colliery are five points adrift of Horden ahead of what could be a difficult task at Alnwick Town, but Chester-le-Street have moved out of the bottom three and are now eighth bottom following good results in recent weeks.

The Cestrians tackle leaders Team Northumbria hoping to include Dan Curry and Sam Renwick, but recent signing Lee Richardson is injured.

Seaham Red Star welcome promotion hopefuls Gillford Park, while Brandon United go to Whitehaven and high-flying Esh Winning entertain Thornaby.

The match of the day is between North Shields and Hebburn Town.

After picking up just one point from their first three games, the Robins have lost just once in the last 21 and are second, seven points behind Team Northumbria with four games in hand.

Although Mark Rasmussen and Paul Watson are likely to start after recovering from injuries, boss Anthony Woodhouse will need to check on the fitness of Kevin Hughes and James Luccock.