ALNWICK Town can peg Ponteland United’s lead at the top back to a point with a game in hand if they beat Seaton Delaval at St James’ Park today (11am kick-off).
Manager Albert Straughan will be looking for a positive response from his players after they went down 1-0 at Walker Central at the weekend.
Abu Baker Sallin tucked away a penalty in the 27th minute as Town suffered only their second defeat of the campaign, while Central also saw shots thunder back out off the woodwork on three other occasions.
Central are also back in action this morning as they visit Gateshead Rutherford (11am).
While Town were left to lick their wounds, Ponteland were delighted as they beat Ashington Colliers 2-0.
Harry Tulip went around the goalkeeper to slot in the opener and Mark Dunn placed the second into the top corner.
Shankhouse’s David Dormand has been banging in the goals of late and he grabbed a double in a 4-1 vitory over Killingworth. Michael Bell and an own goal completed the scoring, with Liam Callaghan grabbing a late consolation.
Matty Dunn also netted a brace for Percy Main as they beat struggling Wark 3-2. Malcolm Morien got the other, while Matthew McLoughlin and John Framelton scored for Wark.
Simon Wilson’s brace for bottom side Cramlington Town maintained their impressive survival battle as they beat Murton 2-1, Tom Wilkie the visitors marksman.
Michael Wagget’s superb individual goal gave Heaton Stannington the lead against Harraby and Joe Fulcher’s late second secured the three points as they withstood a late barrage.
Steven Forster grabbed a last-minute equaliser for Stocksfield as they came from two-down at Seaton Delaval to secure a point.
Goals from Nick Gray and Liam Cairns had put Delaval in charge, but Ryan Marshall and Forster completed the comeback.