CONSETT manager Kenny Lindoe watched FA Vase opponents Marske United in action at Sunderland RCA on Tuesday night – but championship points will be uppermost in his mind this afternoon when the Steelmen travel to face Bedlington Terriers at Welfare Park.
Lindoe said: "Obviously we would like a good run in the Vase. There are financial rewards and success adds a bit of spice for our supporters but at the moment, putting points on the board is the important consideration.
"After losing badly to Northallerton Town and Bishop Auckland, we played well when we scored five goals against Ryton last weekend and I want to keep the momentum going at Bedlington. They are bottom of the table but I know they have had a few players out recently so they might be a different proposition."
Consett definitely have David Scorer back from holiday but await news on the availability of Michael Coulthard and Mattie Moffat who took a knock last weekend. Also in the chasing pack are Sunderland Nissan who host second placed West Allotment Celtic in the first division’s match of the day.
Nissan manager Wilf Constantine is delighted with his side’s start to the season, having lost just once in eight games. The Motormen are sixth from top with five games in hand on all the sides above them and are six points off leaders Billingham Synthonia. Gary Pearson and Neil Tarrant are doubtful for Nissan but Richard Hodgson and Andrew O’Shea will hopefully start.
Whitley Bay host Morpeth with new signing Andy Hay set to make his debut after being transferred in midweek from West Allotment Celtic in a deal which took Mark Minto in the opposite direction. Darren Timmons is an absentee for the Bay who will be looking to bounce back following their 5-1 hammering by Nantwich last weekend.
Morpeth boss Jon King reports Radik Radicioni has returned to Poland. Alex Benjamin and David Anderson are suspended and three players face late fitness tests – Damien Mullen, Kevin Henderson and Derek Atwell.
Third placed Dunston – who have put together a good run of results recently – take on Chester-le-Street at Federation Park. The visitors miss Damien Maw through injury but Stephen Stewart returns.
For his side’s attractive home game against Newcastle Benfield, Ryton boss Barry Fleming has injury concerns over Ross Preston, Craig Marron, Gary Forbes and Tony Healer and Graham Liddle is at a wedding.
Fleming is hoping his side, who conceded five in their defeat at Consett last week, will bounce back. However he is still satisfied with the team’s showing in their first ever season in the top flight.
Benfield boss Paddy Atkinson is delighted to welcome back Alu Bangura while Ian Graham and Bradley Brooking are also available but Scott Emmerson is still out injured. Ashington, looking to improve on their position in the lower half of the table, have no new injuries ahead of their clash with Tow Law Town at Woodhorn Lane while leaders Billingham Synthonia, looking to consolidate pole position, go to Bishop Auckland to face a side who have won their last two games.
Seaham Red Star, also hoping to pick up points, host Northallerton Town one of manager Andy Toman’s former clubs and will have to reckon without five players who are ruled out.
In Division Two, Horden will stay third even if they win at Prudhoe Town while Washington boss Keith Sheardown has signed Dean Grayson from Shildon ahead of their home game against Jarrow Roofing.
Team Northumbria travel to Teesside to face Thornaby.