Washington boss looking for two quick wins

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WASHINGTON manager Richie Latimer is looking for his side to take six points from the next two Ebac Northern League games, starting with tonight’s fixture against Whickham at the Nissan Sports Complex.

“We have done really well recently and moved into the top 10. Whickham are below us and so too are Stokesley SC, who we play on Saturday,” he said.

“I’m not counting any chickens but I feel we are in with a good chance for picking up a couple of wins.”

Mark Covell is out, which prevents Latimer from naming the same starting line-up for the third successive match.

“Mark is working, which is a pity from our point of view. For the first time this season I was able to begin with the same lads in the last two matches but unfortunately I’ll have to make at least one change tonight,” added Latimer.

Chester-le-Street face a difficult challenge at North Shields, who have won eight and drawn two of their last 10 league games.

The Robins are now only six points behind third-top Seaham Red Star with three games in hand and another win would lift them into fourth spot.

The Cestrians are ready to transfer Nick Doyle to Peterlee Town and also missing tonight are injury victims Michael Robson and Scott Donaldson. Michael Hepplewhite will undergo a fitness test before kick-off.

Esh Winning, just outside the bottom six, will attempt to see off Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, who are only one place and four points above them.

Four ties in the Durham Challenge Cup are schuduled with the Tyneside derby between Dunston UTS and Gateshead Reserves topping the bill.