Spennymoor Town can take charge

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ONLY three games take place in the STL Northern League First Division tonight but the outcome of one could have a significant bearing on the top of the table.

Spennymoor Town, aiming to win the championship for a third successive season, will overtake second-placed Sunderland RCA if they win at Ashington.

It will not be an easy task for Jason Ainsley’s side. The Colliers are buoyant after reaching the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg Vase at the weekend and manager Gary Middleton is looking for a top six finish.

At the bottom, Tow Law Town are at home to Stokesley SC, who look certain to be relegated after picking up just one point in 28 attempts.

The Lawyers are just off the basement, eight points behind Billingham Town who are just outside the drop zone.

South Shields slipped into the bottom six on Saturday and they too are involved in a crucial game at Penrith, who are only one place behind them with four games in hand on the Mariners.

Holders Whitley Bay face an intriguing clash with fellow Northern League title hopefuls West Auckland in the fifth round of the FA Vase on February 11.

Yesterday’s draw also gave Ashington a trip to Gloucestershire outfit Shortwood United.

FA Vase, fifth round draw includes: Shortwood United v Ashington, Billingham Synthonia or Runcorn Town v Bournemouth, Wisbech Town or Dunston UTS v Bethnal Green United, Whitley Bay v West Auckland