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ALNWICK Town boss Albert Straughan will want more of the same from his side at mid-table Killingworth Sporting.

ALNWICK Town boss Albert Straughan will want more of the same from his side at mid-table Killingworth Sporting.

Town have stretched their unbeaten league record to 15 games scoring 42 goals, but their hosts will be keen to avenge a 4-0 defeat this season.

Second-placed Ponteland United don’t want to lose any more ground on the leaders and they are on the road to Shankhouse, whose league position may be misleading as they’ve only played 12 games thanks to the wet weather.

If Percy Main’s game at Blyth Town gets the go-ahead, it will be only their second league game in 98 days.

Percy Main player-boss Jason Ritchie has signed centre-half Adam Batchelor and forwards Ashley Smyth and Jon McEnaney have recovered from knocks and return to a strong Main squad for what should be a cracking game.

Gateshead Rutherford are looking to keep moving clear of the relegation danger zone and make the long trip to third-placed Carlisle City.

At the other end of the table, Stocksfield are at home to bottom side Cramlington United and second-bottom Murton, who haven’t been playing like relegation candidates, are at home to Seaton Delaval Amateurs.

Ashington Colliers striker Michael Hogg is suspended but boss David Brown welcomes back defenders John Rees and Stu Ingram, while recent signing Andrew Carr could also be in the squad for the visit of Wark in the fourth round of the Pin Point Recruitment George Dobbins League Cup. Harraby CC have a tricky trip to Division One Whitley Bay A in round three.

Walker Central face Heaton Stannington in a Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl quarter-final and welcome back Michael Lamb but lose James Walker and John Robson who are taking up Australian contracts. Rhys Cairns is still on trial at Swindon Town and Ben Taylor faces a fitness test.

The winners face Seaton Delaval in the last four. The other semi features Percy Main against Ashington Colliers.

 

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