HEBBURN Town, the only side in the two divisions yet to win, face another difficult task tonight when they meet Crook Town at the Millfield ground in the First Division.
The South Tynesiders’ 16 games have yielded a miserly two points and although they played better at the week-end, they still suffered a 14th defeat.
Crook made an encouraging start after gaining promotion at the end of last season but have slipped to fifth from bottom, just three points ahead of Team Northumbria who occupy the last relegation place.
Morpeth Town are also too near the bottom for comfort but will be more confident going into their home fixture with Consett after defeating Durham City in their last game.
Shildon will aim to open up a clear lead over arch rivals Spennymoor Town by defeating Marske United down at the seaside.
Newcastle Benfield’s eight-match unbeaten sequence, which included six wins and two draws, was ended at the week-end. Steve Bowey’s team have home advantage over Billinghan Synthonia.
In Division Two, Esh Winning need points to move out of the relegation zone but they are the underdogs at Waterhouses against leaders Heaton Stannington,
Following two defeats in recent weeks, North Shields are down to fourth top going into their game at Brandon United, who are sixth from the basement.
They are seven points better off than Esh Winning and eight in front of rock bottom Ryton and Crawcrook Albion.