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LEADERS Ponteland United are holding the aces after title rivals Alnwick Town suffered two defeats and got snarled up in traffic on their way to another match which was postponed last week.

LEADERS Ponteland United are holding the aces after title rivals Alnwick Town suffered two defeats and got snarled up in traffic on their way to another match which was postponed last week.

United face a real test of their metal as they visit reigning champions Harraby CC, who are hoping to have two players returning to their squad from a lengthy injury list.

The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season and another close game is expected.

Alnwick are trailing United by four points with a game in hand and they travel to Percy Main Amateurs.

The Purvis Park side are strengthening their management team in the summer, with South Shields United boss Gareth Allen joining the club to take up the joint running of the team with player/manager Jason Ritchie.

Seaton Delaval Amateurs are the form team in the Premier League but they will be without Jordan Fry, Michael Fenwick, Michael Robinson, Craig Cook, John Fitzpatrick and Luke Newton for the visit of a Murton side that are battling relegation.

Carlisle City and Heaton Stannington are fifth and sixth respectively in the table and they meet at the Sheepmount.

Ashington Colliers manager David Brown is hoping a string of injuries will have cleared up in time for their visit to Killingworth Sporting, which would enable him to select from a near full strength squad.

Walker Central’s new manager Steve Hurd has won one and lost one in his first week since taking over from Michael Jeffels and he takes his youngsters to Stocksfield.

The Griffins have just about ensured their Premier Division safety but will be keen not to take their foot off the gas. Cramlington Town have pulled off superb results in their fight to beat relegation and host Blyth Town.

Gateshead Rutherford are looking to appoint a new match secretary for next season. Any interested parties can get in touch with the club at info@rutherfordafc.co.uk.

JON TAIT

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