Easington eager to build on festive success

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REJUVENATED Easington Colliery aim to maintain the momentum when Wolviston visit Welfare Park in tomorrow’s only Wearside League match.

The Colliers made an indifferent start to the season but are on the up after winning seven of their last eight matches.

Assistant manager Craig Parkinson said: “When Paul Frame and I took over in the summer, we had no players and it’s taken a bit of time to get the lads to gel.

“We really had to mould a new team and now we’ve got a good mix of experience and youth, although we have basically a young squad.

“We produced an awesome performance last week when we beat leaders Stockton Town. They hadn’t lost in 30 games, so it was a magnificent achievement to end their 10-month unbeaten record.”

Tomorrow, recent signings David Paul, Bryan Norton, Brett Gillatt and Nick Doyle all come into contention for Easington, along with Michael Pattison, Adam Heath, Dale Spence, Ian Redman, Michael Noble, Marc Stephenson, Kris Johnson, Farran Pope, Richard Maughan, Karl Adams, Luke Page, Paul Taylor and Jordan Thompson.

“We’ll have a really big squad on standby and I’m hopeful of another win which would lift us to just below halfway and mark a big turnaround in our fortunes,” added Parkinson.

Wolviston caretaker manager Alan Cairns misses the suspended Robbie McIlroy. Ian Danby comes into contention but captain Shan Gregory will need a fitness test.