Ben Stokes is enjoying his new role as Durham’s Twenty20 finisher. It is a job the 22-year-old will take on again at Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge tonight.
The footsteps behind Gateshead Thunder are beginning to grow louder ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Oxford
The last time Gateshead Thunder met London Skolars they were on the end of one of the most remarkable scorelines in rugby league history, losing 55-52
For the second time this season Gateshead Thunder slipped to defeat against Rochdale Hornets
Gateshead Thunder captain Jason Payne says his side are out to prove a point after their home defeat to London Skolars
Yesterday's match was a dramatic way for Gateshead Thunder to mark their return to Filtrona Park in South Shields
Gateshead Thunder decamp to South Shields' Filtrona Park in a season which has already seen them playing home games in Hull and Swalwell
Gateshead Thunder remain second-bottom after narrowly losing to Kingstone Press Championship One newcomers Oxford RL
Gateshead Thunder will venture to Iffley Road tomorrow to take on new Championship side Oxford
Gateshead Thunder were beaten at Oldham for the second time this season despite taking a 12-0 lead early on
Former England Saxons centre Adam Powell will put his birthday celebrations on ice tomorrow as his side prepare to tackle Bedford Blues
Captain Jason Payne believes his Gateshead Thunder side are fully charged for tomorrow’s trip to Oldham after a fortnight without a game
BERWICK Rangers could be without Dougie Brydon for the rest of the season, but the Duns-born defender believes his side can make the play-offs in his absence.
The smell of sulphur which wafted around the DW Stadium as this toxic contest hurtled towards it conclusion could not have been more appropriate
CHIEF sports writer Mark Douglas is given a unique insight into Sunderland’s Academy of Light – and the strategy to develop the next Jordan Henderson and Jack Colback.
CARLISLE boss Greg Abbott will be hoping his team can maintain their bid to reach the League One play-offs – especially after the week he’s had.
DURHAM CITY will use the final five games of this season as a launchpad for another promotion challenge next term, according to captain Ross Wilkinson.
CARLISLE United take on Colchester United today in the first of two road trips in the space of four days which could have a major bearing on the Cumbrians’ play-off campaign.
BERWICK Rangers boss Ian Little remains confident his side can make the play-offs – but admitted time is running out.
WHATEVER Steve Bruce said to his players at half-time clearly worked as a fine second-half display finally gave Sunderland their second win of the season.
YOU have to take your hat off to Richard Bevan, the publicity-hungry chief executive of the League Managers’ Association.
A goal in each half from Gateshead reserves full-back Luke Gilbert and striker Brian Wake denied Norton & Stockton Ancients a first appearance in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup
JAMES Curtis insists – no disrespect to them – but that Gateshead have to look to boss Hayes & Yeading United tonight.
NEWCASTLE United centre-back Steven Taylor was last night named Newcastle’s Sports Personality of the Year.
BLYTH SPARTANS' late bid to gatecrash the Blue Square North play-offs has received a massive boost with the signing of Darlington central defender Steve Foster.
CHRIS Turner believes his Hartlepool United will know they can challenge for a play-off place if they do well in their next two games.
STEVE Bruce faces further frustration in his attempts to bring yet more faces with him from Wigan Athletic after his former chairman declared Lee Cattermole not for sale.
STEVE Bruce is set to resign as manager of Wigan Athletic, to pave the way for him to become Sunderland’s next manager.
GATESHEAD travel to Southport tonight for the first leg of their Conference North play-off semi-final in a poor run of away form, but manager Ian Bogie insists there is no question of his side looking for anything other than a win.
AS well as willing on his own team in play-off action tonight, Newcastle Blue Star’s director of football Bob Morton will hope Curzon Ashton win at Skelmersdale United so they can end their draining UniBond League North campaign without leaving home.
WIGAN Athletic look out of place in the Premier League, writes STUART RAYNER.
THE only disappointing aspect of Blue Star’s victory over Salford was that they managed just a couple of first-half goals, but few at Kingston Park were complaining.
A hat-trick by James Magowan featured in a 3-0 victory for Billingham Synthonia against Shildon.
DARLINGTON assistant boss Martin Gray insists he has no concerns over the Quakers’ slump in form, despite a run which has seen Dave Penney’s promotion chasers go four games without a win and drop out of the automatic promotion places.
CARLISLE United’s new-found maturity has seen them start this season where they left off last, according to left-back Evan Horwood.
The JJB Stadium regularly plays host to up-and-unders and physical contests but Craig Gordon has warned his Sunderland team-mates that Wigan Athletic are well capable of playing a bit of football too.
GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie has warned his promotion favourites to prepare for a “totally different” Buxton in today’s Unibond Premier play-off final from the team that they beat handsomely last month, writes MARK DOUGLAS.
IN a low-key affair, both sides had one eye on their respective promotion play off semi final ties – but it was Gateshead who completed their league campaign with their biggest league victory of the season.
GATESHEAD completed the double over Prescot Cables and with three games to play are virtually assured of finishing third which will give them home advantage in the semi-final of the UniBond League Premier Division play-offs.
GATESHEAD, already assured of a play-off place in the UniBond League Premier Division, have set their sights on finishing at least third to ensure they have home advantage in the semi-finals.