Easington boss still looking for local support

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UNLESS there are unforeseen circumstances Easington Colliery will be relegated to the Wearside League.

The decision has been confirmed by STL Northern League chairman Mike Amos ahead of the Colliers’ final game at West Allotment Celtic tomorrow.

General Manager Andy Colledge would like more people from the village to come on board and help the club in it’s hour of need. He said: “I appeal to anyone with an interest in their local team to get in touch on 07508 477470.”

Manager Paul Adamson goals into the last game with a stronger squad. Craig Ellison, Michael McVay, Robbie Huntley and Simon Todd all come into contention at Whitley Park.

Horden CW are second from bottom in Division Two, eight points ahead of their neighbours before they line up at home to Whickham.

It has also been a difficult season for them. Former Hartlepool player Brian Honour started as manager before Bobby Orton took over for a short spell.

Peter Mulcaster has steered the side through the final games and will continue in charge next season.

Last Saturday, Horden fielded only nine players and were hit with a double figure defeat at Gillford Park.

Secretary John Stubbs explained: “A car carrying four players broke down en-route and because of the distance involved, there was nothing we could do about it.”

It has not been a good season for the three East Durham clubs with Seaham Red Star third from the basement before they tackle Birtley town, who are anxious to finish sixth from top.

Red Star, for whom secretary Kevin Turns has been caretaker manager in recent games, expect to make a permanent appointment in the next couple of weeks.

“Since we initially advertised we’ve had a few more expressions of interest and once we get the season out of the way, we’ll sit down and decide on the best person to lead us forward,” said Turns.

Neither Craig Price nor David Gordon are available but Tony Price and Calvin Gowland are likely to be in the starting line-up at Birtley.

The home side have enjoyed their most successful season for some time and manager Scott Oliver is keen to end with a win at consolidate sixth place.

Goalkeeper Phil Holgate, Craig Marron, Dan Smith, James Allopp and Dan Hepplewhite all come into the reckoning but Andy Hunter is suspended and, weather permitting, Kevin Dixon will be playing cricket.

Chester-le-Street, following an indifferent season, are now in a position to end in mid table. Their final game is at home to Alnwick Town who are just below them.

Washington are equal on points with the Cestrians going into their fixture at Northallerton Town where manager Ritchie Lattimer cannot call upon injured pair Mark Covell or Colin White but Chris Compton is in his squad.

West Auckland Town will be crowned champions of Division One for the first time since the 1960/61 season if they win their last game at Ashington.

They are four points in front of Spennymoor Town, who still have two games to play.

A blow for West Auckland is that Matthew Cole is definitely out after injuring his knee in a midweek fixture and it’s touch and go whether he will be available for the FA Carlsberg Vase final with Dunston UTS at Wembley.

Andrew Green has completed a ban but Adam Nichol and Michael Rae will need fitness tests at Ashington who are without the injured Andrew Johnson.

If West Auckland failed to claim all three points and Spennymoor defeat Billingham Synthonia at the Brewery Field, Jason Ainsley’s side will lift the title if they come out on top against Dunston UTS on Monday night.