Northern Alliance

BLYTH Town will miss Alfie Cartwright in his wellington boots, strip and flat cap.

BLYTH Town will miss Alfie Cartwright in his wellington boots, strip and flat cap. The humorous fictional character, played by chairman Sandra Orr's dad, spearheaded Blyth's bid for a £100,000 super grant from Budweiser as part of their Club Futures programme.

The club had already raked in £50,000 to develop their facilities before being entered into a Facebook vote against seven other clubs from around the country, which has united the North East football community.

Town are back to reality as they visit league leaders Amble United, who have Sean Taylor and Brent Aisbett returning to the squad – while new signing Joe Henderson could also feature for the Seasiders.

Ashington Colliers manager David Brown hopes Jamie Patterson and Richie Brown will both be available to return to the squad to play Gateshead Rutherford.

However, Carlisle City will be forced into changes against Stocksfield, who are unchanged.

Both Dan Greenslade and Ian Cumersky are suspended, while there are injury doubts over Tom Lucock and Sean Bannon.

Seaton Delaval entertain Killingworth with Kevin Westphal expected to be available against his previous team.

Ross Symington has also recovered and long-term injury Luke Newton is expected to be in the squad.

Walker Central are virtually back to full strength, the only injury concerns over Robert Hamilton and Andrew Beaton.

George Weatherly and John Percival could be in line for debuts as Central make the short trip to Wallsend Town, while Harraby United host Percy Main and Shankhouse will look to continue their move away from the danger-zone as they take on Hebburn Reyrolle.

Whitley Bay A have a full squad for a Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl clash with Heaton Stannington.



David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer