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HARRABY CC booked a spot in the Cumberland FA Senior Cup Final with a midweek win at Mirehouse.

HARRABY CC booked a spot in the Cumberland FA Senior Cup Final with a midweek win at Mirehouse.

The Cumbrians will face either Carlisle United or Gillford Park at Brunton Park and Shankhouse boss Garry Kirkup reckons it’s time that the Northumberland FA reintroduced the old format in their Senior competition.

“If Senior Cup places were still available then clubs like ourselves would all be competing to finish the season with a flourish to try and grab a spot,” he said.

Shankhouse have made a number of new signings with Josh Miller and Craig Hopwood both looking forward to playing against their former club Blyth Town.

The visitors should be able to call on a fully-fit squad for the first time this season with Adrian Watson set to make his debut after signing from Heaton Stannington, while Andrew Carr should make his full debut and Mark Waugh is back after injury. Town have also signed Stephen Howes from Morpeth Town.

Ashington Colliers will have Chris Smith and Marc Richardson back in the squad following for their trip to injury-hit Ponteland United, who are without Liam Anderson, Sam Holman, Patrick McAlindon, Stuart Brown and Michael Bertram, but Liam Blair has recovered from an ankle injury.

Leaders Carlisle City welcome back Ian Grainger and Stuart Kilgour into the squad for the crucial clash with Heaton Stannington. Carl Murphy is a slight doubt with a thigh injury.

Seaton Delaval entertain Gateshead Rutherford with no real injury doubts though Craig Johnson, Dave Low, Michael Fenwick and Andy Johnson will be unavailable but new signing, 16-year old Michael Scott will feature. Other new signing Daniel Briggs could also figure along with the returning Alex Berham.

Stocksfield hope to have Glenn Caygill, David Below and Matthew Stables back after work commitments for their trip to Percy Main and Walker Central host Killingworth and should have a full squad available.

JON TAIT

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