Northern Alliance

JARROD Suddick’s Ponteland United visit title rivals Alnwick Town in the Northern Alliance’s match of the day.

JARROD Suddick’s Ponteland United visit title rivals Alnwick Town in the Northern Alliance’s match of the day.

United top the table by three points but Town have two games in hand, so a thrilling encounter is anticipated with both sides hoping to have full squads to select from. The teams drew 2-2 earlier in the season.

It is exciting at the top of the table, but there is a red-letter day at the bottom as well.

Basement side Cramlington Town take on Wark.

United will be looking to bounce back from a 5-0 mid-week defeat at Murton, while the Griffins have slipped precariously towards the danger zone and are keen to pull clear.

Ashington Colliers boss David Brown has a full squad available for their visit to Percy Main, but striker Michael Hogg faces a fitness test .

The Villagers will be without recent signing Kevin Westphal for the rest of the season after he fractured an ankle. Ashley Smyth is also struggling with injury and could miss out.

Harraby CC are missing seven players for today’s visit to Gateshead Rutherford and expect to field younger reserve players in the next few fixtures.

Walker Central’s top scorer Nabby Benny returns for the visit of Seaton Delaval,but they are without goalkeeper Nial Harrison, Michael Strachan, David Bulman and Oziomo Tito.

Alex Berhan, Ben Holmes and Abubaker Sallin will come back into the squad, with Paul Hepple and Habeeb Alao joining them on the team sheet.

Promising 16-year-old Berhan has had a trial at Carlisle United and has been asked to join the Cumbrians next season.

Shankhouse were missing eleven players in midweek, but expect most to return to the squad for their trip to Heaton Stannington.

However, goalkeeper Marty Coleman has work commitments and Chris Rue is struggling with a hamstring.

Stocksfield take on Blyth Town and Murton host Carlisle City.

JON TAIT

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