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ASHINGTON Colliers manager David Brown welcomes Iain Nickalls and Chris Smith back into the squad to face First Division Heddon in the quarter-finals of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.

ASHINGTON Colliers manager David Brown welcomes Iain Nickalls and Chris Smith back into the squad to face First Division Heddon in the quarter-finals of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.

The Colliers were beaten finalists last season and will hope to avoid a banana-skin and go one better this time.

Seaton Delaval host Hebburn Reyrolle in the same competition and new signing Alex Nisbet will make his debut for the Red Devils.

Stephen Howes faces a late fitness test and there is a chance Craig Johnson and Ian Sinclair may have recovered from long-term injuries to make the squad, with Delaval also hopeful Rhys Cairns can shake off an ankle injury.

Reyrolle have defensive problems as they will be without the injured Ross Phillips, while Carl Thorp and Dean Wright are also struggling with work commitments.

Adam Bell is expected to retain his place in the side after an impressive debut, while Liam Clark and Craig Armstrong are expected to return to the squad.

Stocksfield have been on an impressive run of form and they face First Division promotion challengers Wallington.

The teams involved in the battling the drop at the wrong end of the Premier Division table have tough fixtures ahead of the festive break.

Bottom side Murton travel to leaders Heaton Stannington, who have Kye Waters and Geoff Walker missing through suspension, and Rutherford are at second-placed Carlisle City.

Percy Main host Harraby CC, who are without the suspended Matthew Thompson and will lighten the mood by pulling on Noel Edmonds-style jumpers afterwards for their joint Christmas party with their ladies side tonight in the Tap and Spile, North Shields.

Ponteland United’s defence have leaked 20 goals in their last three games and they can expect another test at Shankhouse, while Walker Central host Whitley Bay A.

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