SEAHAM Red Star manager Mark Collingwood says his players have got to stop feeling sorry for themselves and bounce back after a couple of very disappointing Ebac Northern League results.
“I know we’ve had a lot of injuries and we are not playing at our best but we’ve got to get on with it, starting against Tow Law Town tomorrow,” observed Collingwood.
Once again, Red Star are forced into fielding a depleted side with Micky Turnbull, Kevin Gordon, Adam Drysdale and captain Carl Thorpe definitely out.
Craig Watson will skipper the team and a debut could be handed to Paul Kane, signed from South Shields.
Newcomer Stephen Turnbull, formerly with Chester-le-Street, is named in a full-strength Lawyers squad. Manager Gary Anderson is looking forward to renewing acquaintances at Chester Moor Park.
Seaham are fourth from bottom in Division Two and Horden CW, who tasted success for the first time in midweek, are only just above their neighbours on goals difference.
The Colliers host Brandon United and manager Peter Mulcaster anticipates captain Darryl Evans and Tom Wilkie being available.
Top six side Morpeth Town have Michael Hall and Michael Chilton suspended and injuries could prevent Chris Lunn and Mark Grant from playing at pointless Stokesley SC.
Jarrow Roofing host Whickham and manager Richie McLoughlin misses Robbie Dalziel, but Anth Myers and Lee McMahon are named together with Chris Goss, signed from neighbours Jarrow.
North Shields face a tough test against Northallerton Town at the Daren Persson Stadium but their chances are boosted with the decision of Scott Blandford to return to the club after spells with Blyth Spartans and South Shields.
In Division One. Billingham Synthonia have made their worst start to a season in almost three decades and against Whitley Bay are again unable to name David Hillerby or Andrew Forster.
However, goalkeeper Josh Moody is expected to play after having to be substituted last weekend.
Newcastle Benfield are again away from home for the sixth consecutive time and at Guisborough Town assistant manager Steve Cuggy reports that Sam Norris and Darren Timmons come into the reckoning.
Keeper Danny Molyneux didn’t play any part of Billingham Town’s last game. He was injured in the warm up and defender Michael Arthur took over. Boss Carl Jarrett is hopeful of signing a replacement for Molyneux in time for the game at Team Northumbria who, after a promising start to their first ever season in the top flight, have turned in a couple of poor performances.
Manager Paul Johnson said: “We started well but lost our way against Hebburn Town and Newcastle Benfield.
“I’ve got Tom Davies and John Sherlock available tomorrow and hopefully we can rekindle the form we showed in the opening fixtures.”
Nine teams from the league are involved in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup and at least four will make it to the next stage.
Durham City welcome Shildon to New Ferens Park and manager Dickie Ord is pleased to have Graeme Irving and Jack Pounder available.
On Wednesday, City’s assistant manager Gavin Mudd watched Shildon score 11 times against South Shields.
“I know their manager Gary Forrest very well and he’s put together a good side. It could be a cracking cup tie,” declared Ord.
South Shields could hardly face a more daunting task following their double digit hammering than lining up at Spennymoor Town, the only side boasting a 100 per cent record.
Ashington and West Auckland, who shared six goals last weekend, again lock horns at Woodhorn Lane and in the other all-Northern League tie, Bishop Auckland go to Bedlington Terriers.
Dunston UTS lost to Celtic Nation in the last round but were re-instated when it was revealed the Cumbrians had fielded a player who had not received international clearance.
The Tynesiders are hoping to make their luck count in the home game with Kendal Town.