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PONTELAND United are without four players for their do-or-die Championship clash against Blyth Town at Callerton Lane.

PONTELAND United are without four players for their do-or-die Championship clash against Blyth Town at Callerton Lane.

The unlucky John Redhead, Liam McIvor, Nikki Kerr and Marc Findlay will all miss out on the must-win game due to injury.

Ponteland are confident that manager Jarrod Suddick will be able to select from the remaining squad of 20 and may be considering several changes following a below-par performances from the team last weekend.

United trail leaders Alnwick Town by two points going into the final game and only a victory will give them a shot at the silverware.

Alnwick have not reported any fresh injury concerns ahead of their meeting with Heaton Stannington at St James’s Park.

A draw may not prove enough for Town as Ponteland have a superior goal difference with the season reaching a nail-biting climax. The two sides drew 3-3 in mid-week and Albert Straughan’s side will not want to blow it on the final day.

Percy Main Amateurs celebrated lifting the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl on Wednesday night and they host Gateshead Rutherford, while beaten finalists Seaton Delaval Amateurs travel to relegation-haunted Wark.

Delaval boss Nick Gay graciously conceded that Percy Main were deserved Bowl winners, but praised his players for their efforts all season. They will be without five players for the trip up the Tyne valley.

Ashington Colliers boss David Brown is hoping to be able to select from a fully-fit squad for the visit of Carlisle City while Walker Central manager Steve Hurd will be without Nabby Benny and Rhys Cairns with many other players facing late fitness tests before travelling to Harraby CC as a packed month of action comes to an exciting conclusion.

JON TAIT

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