FA Cup: Washington look to cash in against Pickering Town

Washington's Matty Waters (red) keeps control against Seaham Red Star last week
Washington's Matty Waters (red) keeps control against Seaham Red Star last week
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Washington will aim to replicate their performance in the extra preliminary round when they have home advantage against Ryhope CW’s conquerors, Pickering Town, at the Nissan Sports Complex.

Manager Steve Hutchinson, whose side came from behind for a point at North Shields in midweek, hopes to have a full squad available for the attractive preliminary round tie, with the extra incentive of £1,950 for the winners.

Chester-le-Street welcome in-form Marske United to Chester Moor Park. Marske are sure to be testing opponents for Colin Wake’s men, having beaten South Shields in the last round.

Dunston UTS are at home to Penrith and hope to have several players available after various reasons caused them to miss last Saturday’s match at Jarrow Roofing.

Richie Slaughter (work commitments), Dale Burrell and Scott Heslop (injured), Matthew Fisher (illness), James Luccock and Adam Froggatt (holiday) come into the plans of Billy Irwin. Stefan Holden. though. is awaiting international clearance.

Consett, away to Lancashire side Clitheroe, have Luke Sullivan, Lewis Gibbons and Stephen Little unavailable and there are doubts over Matty Slocombe and Michael Sweet.

Newcastle Benfield have a full squad to choose from, apart from injured pair Marc Dummett and Liam Hudson, when they travel to Padiham from the North West Counties League.

Billingham Synthonia host Northallerton, with Max Craggs hoping to be fit again after missing two games with a back injury.

Chay Liddle returns to Synners’ squad and Macaulay Langstaff should be fit from a hamstring injury picked up in pre-season. “Everybody else is fit and raring to go,” said secretary Graham Craggs.

Northallerton manager Darren Trotter, looking to improve on last week’s defeat to Easington Colliery, said: “We were beaten by a physical team on Saturday, but personnel who missed that game will be back for the next few matches, and this will make us physically stronger, as well as increase competition for a place in the team.

“I couldn’t fault application or effort and I have plenty to think about prior to the game and, as usual, all the weight is on my shoulders.”

Danny Jones is returns from holiday and James Muir also comes in, so last season’s back four are available for selection for the first time this season.