Eight new teams bolster Alliance League

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EIGHT new clubs have joined the Durham Alliance League for the 2014/15 season – and a ninth could be signed up today.

Champions Hylton CW, who are seeking to join the Wearside League, and Coxhoe United resigned from last season’s complement.

But the league is up to 16 clubs for the big kick-off, with Birtley FC being interviewed tonight with a view to accepting their application to join the league, making it 17.

The annual meeting saw the eight newcomers welcomed, with Sunderland side The Alexandra departing the Wearside Combination League after a fine campaign which saw them finish third in the league and reach the Alan Hood Memorial Cup final.

They also have a new home for their new adventure, switching to Wearmouth CW on the north side of the river from last season’s base at the King George V playing fields.

The other new clubs are Ferryhill Town, Bishop Auckland Reserves, Chester-le-Street Reserves, Sedgefield Net Park, Wallsend Town, Hartlepool Reserves (the second string of the Wearside League club) and Horsley Hill, from South Shields.

Chester Reserves will play out of Riverside Park next to Durham’s Emirates cricket ground, Ferryhill are based at the Dean Bank Recreation Park, Horsley Hill play at Temple Park and Net Park will be at home at Sedgefield Community College, while Bishop Auckland Reserves have probably the best home of the lot, Heritage Park.

They will join the eight remaining clubs from last season – Murton, Spennymoor Town Reserves, Coundon & Leeholme, Wheatley Hill WMC, Brandon United Reserves, Sherburn Village WMC and Ebchester Consett Reserves – with Durham Stonebridge changing their name to Shildon Reserves and have moved ground to play at Shildon Leisure Centre.

League officials will invite further applications, with a maximum of three more spaces available for the coming campaign.

Any clubs interested in joining should contact league secretary Bob Sinclair on 07502 404 053 or email bob.sinclair@durhamallianceleague.org.uk

H The league is on the lookout for an assistant secretary for the coming season. Anyone interested should contact Bob Sinclair on the above number.