Northern Alliance

LEADERS Carlisle City are hopeful that striker Martin Shepherd will be fit for the trip to Blyth Town after he missed out last weekend due to a hamstring injury.

LEADERS Carlisle City are hopeful that striker Martin Shepherd will be fit for the trip to Blyth Town after he missed out last weekend due to a hamstring injury.

Mal Lawson, Ashley Smyth and Liam Davison are all expected to return for Ashington Colliers and manager David Brown hopes to be able to select from a fully-fit squad for their game at home to Ponteland United.

Hebburn Reyrolle have a mounting injury list for their fixture against Gateshead Rutherford, with Craig Armstrong, Stephen Cockburn and Craig Malley all out and Sean Sweeney a major doubt with an ankle problem. Daniel Gray is also unavailable due to work commitments, but Adam Bell is available and could start.

Walker Central’s physio table is another that has been seeing plenty of action lately and they are without key players Fabian Pritchard, Shaun Quinn, Paul Mills, Dean Imray, George Wetherley and Robert Hamilton CC as the injuries continue to take their toll ahead of their trip to Harraby CC and Percy Main take on Shankhouse.

Whitley Bay A host Seaton Delaval in the semi-finals of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.

The Seahorses have just 13 players available for selection due to ineligibility and suspension. Delaval’s Jamaican international Trevor Benjamin is not eligible, but Paul Katz is expected to return from injury and the league’s management committee has allowed keeper Phil Hogg to play.

The winners of the tie will face Heaton Stannington in the final.

Derek Thompson’s black-and-whites are in Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl semi-final action at Prudhoe Town, while Killingworth Sporting visit First Division leaders Amble United in the other tie.

Wallington FC’s popular annual Race Night club fundraiser at takes place at Middleton Hall around 7pm this evening, and Rutherford are hosting coffee mornings at the club café bar between 10am and noon on Thursdays.

JON TAIT

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