Cestrian absentees force team reshuffle in the STL Northern League

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CHESTER-LE-STREET manager Stuart Sherwood is forced into making changes for tomorrow’s visit of Second Division promotion contenders Marske United to Chester Moor Park.

Ben Johnson and Jordan Fraiser are ruled out but Neil Moan, Liam McBryde and Craig Marron come into contention.

Following seven consecutive defeats, Horden CW boss Brian Honour is trying to add experience to his squad.

He said: “Confidence is low and I need to steady the ship. It won’t be easy against Northallerton Town, who had a great result last week, winning 8-3.”

A big blow to the Colliers’ chances is the absence of Ashley Corker, Adam Croft, Chris Rookes and Lee Armes.

Seaham Red Star are also struggling for form and are third from bottom before the visit of Crook Town, who they defeated in the earlier fixture.

Manager Kevin Turns is confident that Chris McCabe and Michael McKeown will be available.

Washington have slipped into the bottom six and will not find it easy against Team Northumbria at the Nissan Sports Complex.

The Newtowners have transferred Wayne Henderson back to Sunderland RCA and a further blow is the unavailability of Andrew Inness, who is suspended.

Birtley Town face the unenviable task of trying to prevent North Shields from creating a new club record.

The Robins have won 14 and drawn three of their last 17 games to equal the record they established in the 1968/9 season when they went 17 Northern League games undefeated and won the FA Amateur Cup, defeating Sutton United before a crowd of almost 48,000 at Wembley.

The Brewery Field is the venue for tomorrow’s match of the day in Division One.

Spennymoor Town, hugely disappointed at conceding a two-goal lead in last week’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie at Poole Town, host Newcastle Benfield in a top four clash which will have a big bearing on the pair’s championship aspirations.

Craig Ruddy will be out for a month with a hamstring injury but Moors’ only other concern is the fitness of Chris Emms.

Benfield boss Paul Baker was delighted with his team’s winning performance at Sunderland RCA earlier in the week.

He said: “It was a good win and although we left it late, we came through unscathed.

“We have another big challenge tomorrow and fortunately I’ve got no new injury worries and there is even a chance that Michael Chilton, who has been out for some time, could play at some stage.”

Leaders Consett will be wary of their visit to fifth-placed West Auckland Town, who will be keen to erase the memory of a four-goal thrashing in midweek. The Steelmen have transferred Steven Aiston to Esh Winning.

Shildon are second and firm favourites to win at Ryton, who have managed only three points in 26 games during which no fewer than 114 goals were conceded.

Sunderland RCA, comfortably placed in the middle of the table, visit second from basement Esh Winning with Martin Smith, Richie Logan and Scott Richards all coming into the plans of manager Neil Hixon.

FA Carlsberg Vase quarter-finalists Dunston UTS play Ashington for the second time in a few days.

The Colliers won by an only goal at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday and their only doubt surrounds defender Iain Nickalls.

A boost to Dunston’s chances of gaining revenge is the return to Fergal Harkin but leading scorer Andy Bulford will undergo a late check on his fitness.

Whitley Bay are also through to the last eight of the Vase but also have their sights set on finishing in the top two to qualify for promotion.