Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood praises Newton Aycliffe manager

Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood has praised the impact Colin Stromsoy has made during his time as Newton Aycliffe manager.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 12:51 pm
Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood

Red Star will visit Moore Lane on Saturday and they will face an Aycliffe side that are sat comfortably in the top half of the Division One table.

Former Team Northumbria manager Stromsoy is overseeing his first season after his appointment in the summer and he has made a number of eye-catching additions to his squad.

The likes of former West Auckland Town striker Adam Burnicle and midfielder Nick Green have shone as Aycliffe continue to punch above their weight.

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And Collingwood believes that Stromsoy is the best manager they have had since two-time FA Vase finalist Peter Dixon.

He told The Echo: “They have done a lot better than I thought they would this season.

“I didn’t expect to see them in contention for a place in the top six and I don’t think anyone else outside of their club would have thought that either.

“Colin was at Team Northumbria, but Aycliffe is a different type of job to the one he had there, and they are really impressing me this season.

“I’d say he’s the best manager they have had since Peter Dixon was there and he is doing a fantastic job.”

Ryhope CW joint-manager Gary Pearson has revealed that he is awaiting news on the fitness of midfielder David Vincent ahead of Saturday’s home game against Northallerton Town.

The former Easington Colliery player was taken off in last weekend’s win at Billingham Town after being on the wrong end of a challenge from James Frazer.

Pearson refused to condemn the late tackle as he awaits confirmation of how severe the injury to his midfielder will be.

“It’s unfortunate, but I won’t complain because I still think there should be some physicality in the game.”

Sunderland RCA will hope to bounce back from their surprise midweek defeat at Whickham when they host FA Vase quarter-finalists Consett on Saturday.

Martin Swales’ side fell to a 3-1 defeat against the Lang Jacks, but will get a chance to put that behind them when they entertain the Steelmen at Sunderland LDV Park.

Elsewhere on Saturday, league leaders Stockton Town will hope to claim a seventh consecutive win in all competitions when they host Newcastle Benfield.

Hebburn Town will be without striker Graeme Armstrong (fractured jaw) and midfielder Robbie Spence (suspension) for their visit to Thornaby and in-form North Shields will hand a fitness test to Cam Cunningham ahead of their home game against Penrith.

West Auckland Town will look to put their FA Vase exit at the hands of Plymouth Parkway behind them when Gary Forrest’s side visit his former club Shildon.

Scott McCarthy could be in the Whickham line-up once again when they entertain Whitley Bay after making his debut in the 3-1 midweek win against Sunderland RCA.

The visitors should have former Sunderland West End duo Mark Robinson and Brad Forster available for selection for their visit to the Glebe Sports Ground.