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LEADERS Ponteland United suffered injury blows as they were held to a midweek draw by Harraby Catholic Club and will be without three players as they host Ashington Colliers.

LEADERS Ponteland United suffered injury blows as they were held to a midweek draw by Harraby Catholic Club and will be without three players as they host Ashington Colliers.

Goalkeeper Garreth Powell and John Redhead both suffered knee injuries and Sean Willis was hospitalised with a dislocated shoulder and will unfortunately miss the remainder of the season.

United’s lead has been reduced to a point by Alnwick Town, who have two games in hand. Albert Straughan’s side visit Walker Central, with boss Mick Jeffels keen to cause an upset in his final game in charge.

Central youngsters Rhys Cairns, Ian Sinclair and Daniel McGuire are expected to start, but top scorer Nabby Benny and Alex Berhan are missing.

Stocksfield gave themselves another huge boost in the battle to beat the drop with a 3-2 victory at Gateshead Rutherford. The Griffins visit Seaton Delaval Amateurs missing captain Bruce Vause as he serves the second of his three-match ban.

Paddy Finnerty should be available after a Florida trip and Scott Johnson will hope to be involved after injury.

Delaval will be without Stephen Anderson due to suspension, while Michael Fenwick, Jordan Fry, Craig Johnson, Neil Johnstone and Tom Wilson have all reported injured as the testing run-in starts to take its toll on players.

Blyth Town host Carlisle City, while Murton, who have lifted themselves out of the relegation places, visit bottom side Cramlington Town in another important fixture.

Harraby have made their way up to third spot with games in hand and the reigning champions have a tricky looking trip to sixth-placed Heaton Stannington.

Shankhouse host Killingworth Sporting and with both sides suffering midweek defeats, they’ll be keen to bounce back, while Percy Main, who had Jon McEnaney hit a double in a midweek win, host a Wark side that have slipped into the relegation zone.

JON TAIT

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