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DAMON Mullen’s goalscoring exploits have earned him a move to Blyth Spartans.

DAMON Mullen’s goalscoring exploits have earned him a move to Blyth Spartans.

The Blyth Town top-gun is off to join Tommy Cassidy’s Croft Park side, and boss Michael Connor is down to the bare bones of his squad for their Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup first round tie at fellow Premier side Walker Central.

Town are missing a total of 11 first-team players due to injury and holidays.

Cup holders Seaton Delaval host New Fordley without Celso Anjos, who joins the lengthy long-term injury list of Trevor Benjamin, Daniel Thompson and Grant Patterson with Ian Mills also a big doubt.

The Red Devils have signed ex-Whitley Bay players Alex Redfern and Anthony Woodhouse, who will bring much-needed experience to the team. Redfern is expected to make his debut, while youngsters Michael Scott, Gary Spence, Connor Powell and Mason Stephenson are all expected to be involved.

Glen Bolton and David McKenzie are both unavailable for Ashington Colliers’ trip to Newcastle Benfield Reserves, while Michael Hogg is doubtful.

However, manager David Brown adds new signing Dean Short to the squad and the team boss is also hopeful that Stephen Hutchinson and Simon Cunningham will return.

Carlisle City face Longbenton with an almost full squad to choose from.

Killingworth face a potential banana-skin at Bohemians, while Wideopen will be looking for Amble United’s scalp. Percy Main take on Morpeth Town A, Harraby United are at Red House Farm and Wallsend Town are at home to Blyth Isabella.

Shankhouse will probably include brothers Mark and Shaun Nicholson (ex-Bedlington Terriers and Morpeth Town) and loan youngsters George Johnstone and Jake Turnbull for their Premier Division fixture against Rutherford.

Hebburn Reyrolle host Whitley Bay A and Heaton Stannington take on Stocksfield.

JON TAIT

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