Northern League: Full-strength Easington raring to go again at Alnwick after midweek setback

Seaham Red Star (red and white) take on Washington in last week's Division One clash
Seaham Red Star (red and white) take on Washington in last week's Division One clash
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Easington Colliery will look to get back on track in Division Two with victory at mid-table Alnwick Town tomorrow.

Paul Frame’s side were just edged 1-0 at Billingham Synthonia on Wednesday, ending a four-match winning run, but they remain well in the promotion picture, sitting in fourth place.

Official Billy Banks said: “Shane O’Brien is suspended and a number of players are back from holiday and injury, so we have a full squad to choose from.”

“Alnwick are always good to go to. we won there last year and have got to do the same, but we’re just going one game at a time.

“Keeper Kyle Donaldson was exceptional against Ashington (in the FA Vase) last week and we have signd Jack Pounder who could possibly make his debut. He’s definitely in the squad.”

Durham City welcome Billingham Synthonia to Consett and the unbeaten visitors are without Austin Johnston, who has a knee injury, but David Hillerby returns from suspension.

Unbeaten table-toppers Stockton Town travel the short distance to face local rivals Billingham Town, with virtually a full squad.

Stephen Roberts returns from holiday, with only goalkeeper Liam Jordan injured, so Michael Arthur will remain in goal.

Esh Winning have introduced Tony Boakes and Jacky Traynor onto the management team and they will be alongside manager Alan Hayes for the game at home to Blyth Town.

Blyth have snapped up 25-year-old striker Dean Walker as manager Mick Connor looks to refresh and strengthen the team.

“I have had my eye on Dean for some time,” said Connor. “He is a fantastic centre-forward who works well with his team-mates, having previously played with many of them during his Northern League career.

“Following our comeback win last week against Alnwick Town, and after a disastrous start to the Vase , I believe this shake-up is what we need.”

“Along with a couple of other new signings in the pipeline, faith is being restored in a team that I know can be a strong contender in this league”

Darlington RA are at home to Thornaby and manager Peter Mulcaster said: “We had such a good performance against Blyth on Tuesday night. We’re keeping the same team and hoping to sign one new player before the game.”

“It was a tremendous win against a good side. It won’t be easy against Thornaby, because they are – like ourselves – at the bottom and don’t want to be, so we’re taking nothing for granted.”

* Bishop Auckland travel to West Yorkshire to play Farsley Celtic in the Emirates FA Cup’s third qualifying round.

Two more wins will clinch a place in the first round proper alongside the likes of Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Hartlepool United.

Chairman Nick Postma said: “James Fairley is cup tied, but other than that we have a full squad.

“The last couple of games we have been a bit shaky, but we’re going into the game with confidence.

“Scott Pocklington, who was injured in the bank holiday game, is nearing full fitness, but it’s likely we’ll play Ed Wilczynski (in goal).”

Farsley sit second in the Evo-Stik League’s Division One North, with a 100% record, but if Bishops can repeat their impressive display against Trafford in the last round, they must stand a chance of another upset.

Morpeth Town travel to the North West to play National League North side Altrincham and face a mammoth task to get through, even though their hosts are yet to win a league game.

Jason Ainsley’s Spennymoor Town host National League North outfit Chorley, who have lost just once in 12 league games and claimed a good victory at Dunston UTS in the last round.