Durham looking for seventh heaven

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DURHAM City will move into seventh position if they defeat Newcastle Benfield in tonight’s ENL First Division game.

Manager Adam Furness is unable to name the suspended Craig Hindmarch and Craig Ellison is a major doubt but new signing Paul Weldon is included in the squad.

Newcastle Benfield, who have signed Jordan Mellish from Consett, will have a squad of 22 on standby.

Richie Slaughter and Steven Stewart are back in training and manager Steve Bowey reports that competition for places ahead of next week’s FA Carlsberg Vase tie at Spennymoor Town is fierce.

In Division Two, Birtley Town will aim for sixth position when they go to second-bottom Esh Winning.

South Shields visit Northallerton Town, who haven’t given up hope of competing for one of the three promotion places while North Shields line up at Brandon United in the third round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup.

A good game is in prospect at Shildon’s Dean Street ground where Dunston UTS provide the opposition in the Third Round of the Durham Challenge Cup.