Northern Alliance

THE Shankhouse pitch is a concern ahead of their clash with title-chasing Heaton Stannington.

THE Shankhouse pitch is a concern ahead of their clash with title-chasing Heaton Stannington.

Ground-share neighbours Cramlington United had a Second Division fixture on the surface in midweek and manager Garry Kirkup fears that it could be unplayable after the wet weather.

Should the game get the go-ahead, Kirkup will be without striker Dean Deagle who begins a three-match suspension while Chris Armstrong, Josh Miller, Anthony Moran and Dean Porter are all doubtful.

Carlisle City are also looking to maintain the pressure at the top and will keep their fingers crossed they can beat the weather as they should have a full squad to choose from for their trip to Killingworth.

Seaton Delaval entertain Walker Central at Wheatridge Park in game that will see many familiar faces for both teams as ex-Walker Central manager Mick Jeffels expects Rhys Cairns, Daniel Maguire, 16-year-old Michael Scott, Abubaker Salim, David Low, Grant Kershaw, Andy Johnson, who were all last season wearing the White of Walker, to be in the Delaval starting line up. Ex-Walker players Daniel Thompson and Alex Berham are not only injury doubts for the game but also for the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup final against Ashington Colliers next Wednesday. Callum Morris, Christopher Tate and Michael Fenwick will all be missing for the Red Devils because of prior commitments or work.

Harraby CC’s former Annan Athletic hit-man Steve Archibald serves the final game of his three-match suspension and is unavailable for the trip to Percy Main Amateurs.

Blyth Town are away to Stocksfield and should have Danny Long back in the side as he returns from injury and Liam Cairns returns from suspension, but Town are missing 14 players due to injury. A victory against Newcastle Uni would give Amble United the Division One silverware in what has been a fantastic season for the Seasiders.


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