Northern League: Joint manager Craig Veart urges Easington to keep up form surge

Kyle Davis waits to pounce for Ryhope CW in last week's FA Vase tie against Harrogate RA (blue). Picture by Kevin Brady
Kyle Davis waits to pounce for Ryhope CW in last week's FA Vase tie against Harrogate RA (blue). Picture by Kevin Brady

Easington Colliery joint manager Craig Veart is looking for his side to extend their unbeaten Second Division run to six games at home to Willington tomorrow.

The Colliers will be without Shaun Smith and Michael Cooke, due to work commitments, and Jordan Hailes is unlikely to feature after an injury setback, while Shane O’Brien is also expected to miss out too.

Joint manager Veart said: “We’re in good form at the minute and had chances to get the three points at Billingham Town last Saturday. We’ll be looking to get back to winning ways.”

Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake feels his team - who earned a fine Durham Challenge Cup win over Ryhope CW in midweek - are growing in confidence, as they travel to on-song Heaton Stannington.

Wake said: “We have a few lads missing in Kieran Megran, Aaron Reynolds and Aaron Thompson (all injured), Craig Marron (suspended) and Josh King (trial).

“After a good, resolute performance in midweek, we go into this game with a little more confidence, against another side in the top three.

“Heaton Stan are always a test and really put you under pressure with their intensity and this game will be no different, but our young lads are improving week in, week out and we hope to give another good account of ourselves.”

Durham City manager Ollie Hotchkiss still has injury problems ahead of their home game with Thornaby.

He said: “Our squad will be basically the same as it has been in recent weeks.

“Sam Joyce and Jeremy Allen are still out with injuries and Ross Simpson and Steven Malloy are back in training, but I think Saturday will be too soon for them, to make their returns to the team.

“Jack Wilkie will be out for another three to four weeks with an ankle injury. However, Nick Allen will return to the squad after illness (chest infection).

“This weekend will be a tough game for us, as Thornaby have got a couple of good players in and they have started the season strongly.

“We played poorly against Esh Winning last weekend, but in midweek we played well, when beaten by Shildon in the cup. If we can apply the same spirit in our next match, we should do well.”

Tow Law Town, in third position, visit Blyth.

Secretary Steve Moralee said: “Everybody is available for selection. We have no injury concerns ahead of the game.

“We were very happy with last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at home to Bridlington Town in the first round of the FA Vase. Blyth have a new management team in place (Jon McDonald and Ian Skinner) and the players will be looking to impress, but we hope to go there and have a decent game.”

Brandon United host bottom club Alnwick Town and secretary Barry Ross said: “The team manager left last weekend, so we could be losing players and are trying to put a team together for Saturday’s game.”

Crook Town have a couple of absentees at Esh Winning.

Billingham Town travel to Darlington RA tonight, with home boss Peter Mulcaster having a full squad to choose from.