Relegation showdown as Murton host Ponteland

THE bottom two sides in Division One meet at Recreation Park this afternoon in a relegation showdown.

THE bottom two sides in Division One meet at Recreation Park this afternoon in a relegation showdown.

Both hosts Murton and visitors Ponteland United have been on a miserable run of form with neither side taking even a point in their last six fixtures.

Carlisle City can go top and they hope to welcome back skipper Stuart Kilgour following his recent hand injury as they take on Rutherford.

The Gateshead club’s manager, James Tate, has midfielders Elliot Dodd and Danny Igo, skipper Shaun Todhunter and striker Ross Taylor missing for the trip.

Tate does, however, welcome back Alv Rasmussen, who made a scoring return in a midweek friendly victory at Prudhoe Town. Jason Snowball and Eddie Keenan are both pressing for first-team recalls.

Ashington Colliers boss David Brown hopes to be able to include Liam Davison and Ashley Smyth in his squad for their clash with Shankhouse.

Seaton Delaval manager Michael Jeffels entertains his old club Walker Central, and with many of the Delaval side and some Walker players having played in the same team last year, it adds a bit of spice.

Goalkeeper Phil Hogg makes his debut and Michael Fenwick returns.

Michael Burn has taken up a playing contract in Brisbane, Australia and Rhys Cairns will be signing off at the end of the season to jet out to the USA with Longwood University, Virginia.

With two other players making the move to Australia and the possibility of three going to Hibernian on trial again this season, Jeffels will be looking to bring in some new faces.

Harraby can maintain the pressure at the top in their visit to Percy Main.

Killingworth Sporting visit Northern League Alnwick Town, while Stocksfield are on the road to Wearside League Prudhoe in the Northumberland FA Senior Benevolent Bowl.

The two all-Alliance ties see Amble United play Blyth Town and Whitley Bay A take on Heaton Stannington.

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