Northern Alliance

STOCKSFIELD have booked a 3G pitch at Prudhoe to host their Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl semi-final against Heaton Stannington if their pitch is unplayable.

STOCKSFIELD have booked a 3G pitch at Prudhoe to host their Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl semi-final against Heaton Stannington if their pitch is unplayable.

The winners take on Ponteland United, but Shankhouse boss Garry Kirkup is still keen for the County FA to reconsider future Senior Cup qualification for Alliance sides.

He said: “It would give our Premier Division teams in Northumberland an extra incentive to win as many remaining fixtures as possible to qualify as in years gone by.

“I’m sure three of the form teams, Heaton Stannington, Amble United and Blyth Town, would follow Carlisle City’s example and not disgrace the league against higher-quality opposition.”

City were recently only beaten 1-0 at Brunton Park by a Carlisle United side containing players such as Danny Cadamarteri and Peter Murphy in the Cumberland Senior Cup.

Kirkup’s Shankhouse are away to Whitley Bay ‘A’ and will have a strong squad as some of their players return from injury. Adam Scope may debut.

The Seahorses are without league top scorer Andy Robertson, who is out for a month after breaking his hand on first-team duty.

However, Tomi Ameobi has returned to the club after a spell in Iceland and is due make his debut.

Iain Nickalls, Steven Slaughter and Richie Brown are all poised to return to the Ashington Colliers squad for their trip to Harraby United, while manager David Brown hopes to hand a debut to striker Andrew Welsh.

Carlisle City’s Dan Greenslade and Ian Cumersky are suspended at bottom-side Gateshead Rutherford. The Sky Blues hope Dan Rayson has recovered from an ankle injury.

Walker Central travel to Seaton Delaval with an injury-hit squad.

Leaders Amble United host Wallsend Town and Killingworth Sporting take on Percy Main.

JON TAIT

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