Stoker, Madden set to return for Durham City

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DURHAM City will aim to consolidate eighth place in the ENL First Division when they visit mid-table Newton Aycliffe tonight.

Manager Adam Furness again misses the suspended Craig Hindmarch together with injured pair Josh Gray and Craig Ellison.

Max Stoker and Dan Madden, who both had to be substituted at the weekend, are hopeful of making the line-up.

Two teams in the bottom six meet in a crucial clash. Bedlington Terriers are fifth from the basement, equal on points with Morpeth Town who have a much superior goals difference and four games in hand on their rivals.

Newcastle Benfield’s game at Penrith was postponed last night and the reverse fixture has hurriedly been arranged to take place at the Sam Smiths ground this evening.

A close result is anticipated at Dean Street where Shildon meet Consett in the semi final of the Durham Challenge Cup.

Brandon United and North Shields will make another attempt to play their Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup Third Round tie.

The Robins’ 13-match winning sequence came to an end on Saturday but they start firm favourites at Brandon, who are third from bottom.