Northern Alliance

HEBBURN Reyrolle take on Brandon British Legion in the semi-finals of the Durham FA Trophy, writes JON TAIT.

HEBBURN Reyrolle take on Brandon British Legion in the semi-finals of the Durham FA Trophy, writes JON TAIT.

Reyrolle have been dealt a blow as influential midfielder Craig Watson is out for eight weeks with a broken wrist that requires surgery, and Barrie Smith also misses out through suspension.

Dean Patton will sweat on a late fitness test on a foot injury, but Reyrolle could welcome back Ross Phillips and Stephen Cockburn from injury, and boss Mark Collingwood is expecting a tough game against the side that they beat in last season’s final.

“Brandon are a decent side – they took us to the wire in last time and they will be out for revenge,” he said.

“We must play to the top of our ability if we are to progress to the final, but we are the holders of the Trophy and are determined to keep it that way.”

Carlisle City can go top of the league if they can get a result at Shankhouse.

The Sky Blues are without Robbie Mather, who is serving a one-match ban.

Ashington Colliers make the tough trip to Harraby CC and manager David Brown welcomes new signing Thomas Trustcott, from Morpeth Sporting Club, into a squad which will also include Ashley Smyth. The boss may also name a couple of youngsters from Ashington under-19s.

Seaton Delaval travel to Walker Central in what is a return for some players and management.

Rhys Cairns has shaken off a slight knock and Abubaker Salim is expected to be available after recovering from flu. Michael Fenwick will be available and new keeper Phil Hogg is expected to make his debut, while Central’s Ian Mills is out suspended. Bottom side Murton host Percy Main.

Killingworth Sporting are at Alnwick Town in the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl while Amble United host Blyth Town, Stocksfield travel to Prudhoe Town and Whitley Bay A take on Heaton Stannington in the same competition.

JON TAIT

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