Durham will be out in strength

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DURHAM City will field their strongest available side for tonight’s Durham Challenge Cup third round tie with old rivals Dunston UTS at the Esh Group Stadium.

City, though, await news on the fitness of key players. Centre-backs Ross Wilkinson and Arjun Purewal missed Saturday’s game at AFC Fylde and another defender, Gareth Ayers, had to be substituted.

Dunston UTS have leading scorer Andrew Bulford and Kane Young free from suspension.

Chester-le-Street, who haven’t played for more than seven weeks, are due to meet Northallerton Town in the STL Northern League Second Division at Chester Moor Park – weather permitting. If the game goes ahead, the Cestrians will be without the suspended Stephen Halliday.

Birtley Town have also been inactive for almost two months but hope to stage their attractive fixture with table-topping Newton Aycliffe, who have lost just twice in 21 games.

Brothers Richie and Michael Latimer are still waiting to serve suspensions and so too is goalkeeper Dan Regan, so Mark Dawson will deputise.

North Shields will move into second place if they take just one point from their game with bottom-of-the-table Morpeth Town.

at the Daren Persson Stadium.

Spennymoor Town expect a big gate at the Brewery Field for the local derby with Shildon in Division One. The sides are equal on points but Moors are second top just ahead of their rivals by virtue of a better goal difference.

Two teams in the bottom four will aim to make home advantage count. Esh Winning take on Jarrow Roofing, five points adrift of Bishop Auckland who are just

outside the relegation zone.

Bishops line-up against Billingham Synthonia, who are buoyant after reaching the last 32 of the FA Carlsberg Vase with victory over Westfields on Sunday.

H Hartlepool United manager Mick Wadsworth has promised to send a strong side to Horden CW for a friendly in a bid to raise funds for the Colliers. The match

kicks off at 7 pm.