Durham City vacancy attracts interest

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MANAGERLESS Durham City face a stern test at First Division title challengers West Auckland tomorrow.

City chairman Austin Carney reports that since Dickie Ord’s surprise decision to resign as boss, a number of enquiries for the vacancy have already been made.

“It’s an important decision and we need to make sure we get the right person in, but so far there have been some interesting applications,” said Carney, who reports that James Winter and Dan Madden will continue to take charge of City on a temporary basis.

Sunderland RCA boss Neil Hixon is looking for his team to make an immediate response at Hebburn Town, following their midweek defeat.

He said: “We were very unlucky losing to Team Northumbria in midweek. We played well and should have won the game, so it was disappointing to concede the winner so near the end.”

Captain Brian Close is back to boost RCA.

Spennymoor are at home to Consett and manager Jason Ainsley is looking for his side to extend a magnificent winning sequence into double figures.

“We didn’t do too well against Consett last season when they took four points from us, but we are in superb form and I’m definitely looking for another three points,” enthused Ainsley.

Goalkeeper Robert Dean cannot play, so David Knight takeS over. Callum Griffiths and Michael Rae are also out, but Joe Walton has returned from holiday.

South Shields could have two new players available at Dunston UTS, where Seb Anzevui will make a delayed first appearance following his move from Whitley Bay.

Dunston could have Michael Robson, Stephen Goddard and Stephen Shaw back.