Washington boss demands victory

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WASHINGTON manager Steven Hutchinson says it’s time his team rolls up their sleeves and put points on the board in Division Two.

“Following our excellent finish to last season expectations were high, but we haven’t started as we ended,” he said.

“Our priority has to be promotion and a good run in the money-spinning FA Carlsberg Vase.

“Tomorrow we are at Stokesley SC and three points is a must.”

The Newtowners have goalkeeper Neal Atkinson available but will need to check on the fitness of Nathan Johnson, Anthony Lund and Alan Croft.

Following an indifferent start to the season, Seaham Red Star boss Mark Collingwood believes that his team has “come back a bit”.

“Tuesday’s win over Chester-le-Street was particularly gratifying since we played with 10 men for 70 minutes. I thought the lads were outstanding and the victory moved us into the top six for the first time this season,” enthused Collingwood.

Grant Pressling has joined Wearside League Jarrow and Craig Price recently moved to Sunderland RCA.

Another absentee at Stokesley is Dean Nicholson who completed a three-match ban and it’s highly unlikely that the former Durham City player Tommy English will be risked.

Birtley Town have home advantage over Billingham Town and manager Tony Boakes will give a debut to Jack Watchman. He played in Australia and his international clearance has just come through.

Ryhope CW are second, five points behind leaders Team Northumbria with a game in hand on their rivals. Although Stephen Oakley cannot play, the Wearsiders bring in Richard Hodgson and Martin Metcalfe at home to Willington.

Chester-le-Street have injury concerns for Scott Heslop and Robbie Draper for the visit to in-form South Shields. Manager Colin Wake has placed Elliott Salicki on the transfer list at his own request.