Seaham Red Star target leading duo

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SEAHAM Red Star will attempt to keep the pressure on leaders North Shields and Heaton Stannington when they take on third from bottom Brandon United.

Manager Mark Collingwood is looking to strengthen the squad especially with Tommy English likely to be ruled out for some time.

Full-back Chris Scott, centre half Scott Donaldson and striker Adam Johnson are all available and are likely to figure at some stage.

Birtley Town are just above half way ahead of their home game with lowly Alnwick Town. Manager Paul Bryson reports that goalkeeper Jack Wilson and Jack Gurr are involved with the Durham County U18 squad while injuries sideline Matthew Fisher and Brad Staunch. Shaun McDonald, who plays for Northumberland U18’s is set to make his debut in goal.

Chester-le-Street miss only Micky Roberts when South Shields visit Chester Moor Park. Manager Colin Wake has signed Ryan Graham from Esh Winning but is still looking to add a couple of new faces to his squad.

Washington are on a high despite losing to Whitley Bay in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup during the week. They took their first division opponents to the wire before losing to a late goal and manager Stephen Hutchinson is confident they can give second top Heaton Stannington a good game at the Nissan sports complex.

He said: “I honestly thought we were the better side against Whitley Bay. We are improving all the time and confidence is building.”

Neal Atkinson had to be substituted at half time during the last game and if he is still unfit, Adam McCann will deputise in goal. Paul Cane is definitely ruled out but Paul Wardle may be available.

Heaton Stannington welcome back Jonathan Wright and Andrew Weeks and the pair are named in a strong 18 man squad.

Jarrow Roofing are eighth top but have several games in hand on all sides above them. They entertain Willington unable to name Stuart Wilkinson, Ian Graham and Andy Appleby but Dan Kirkup comes into the plans of manager Richie McLoughlin. Leaders North Shields meet sixth top Northallerton Town with second top scorer Dan Smart back and manager Graham Fenton is also hopeful that Adam Forster will be declared fit.