Northern Alliance

SEVEN teams in the Premier Division haven’t played for almost five weeks so it’s hoped the second half of the season can kick off in earnest today.

SEVEN teams in the Premier Division haven’t played for almost five weeks so it’s hoped the second half of the season can kick off in earnest today.

Going into January, Walker Central are the latest title favourites, with Gillford Park, Harraby Catholic Club and Heddon their biggest threats. Today’s visitors Peterlee Town will be tough opponents, having lost only one in seven before the enforced break.

Only Peterlee and Gillford Park have signalled an interest in stepping up to the Northern League. Gillford visit Seaton Delaval aiming to improve on the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

After a slow start, last season’s champions Harraby Catholic Club are finally coming up with a robust defence of the title. After beating today’s hosts Blyth Town 4-0 over in Carlisle they will fancy their chances of a double.

Having played three more games than the other top sides Heddon have become marginal outsiders but are still unbeaten at their Bullocksteads home and manager Ian Thompson will demand three points against visitors Newcastle University who he was in charge of last season. Northbank, keeping the Students company at the foot of the table, haven’t secured a single point yet at their Sheepmountbase and things are unlikely to change when Ponteland United drop in.

Meanwhile Ashington Colliers host in-form Heaton Stannington, Carlisle City hope for a third win on the trot at home to Cramlington Town and Alnwick Town are taking on Shankhouse at Northburn.

BILL GARDNER

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