JOURNEYMAN striker Stephen Gibbard has spent a career putting the ball in the back of the net – but today he will don the green jersey and gloves for Shankhouse and try to spoil the Heaton Stannington Championship party.
Shankhouse boss Garry Kirkup welcomes back Dean Deagle after suspension but regular keeper James Debbage – as well as Josh Miller, Mark Richardson and Lee Gustard – will be missing for the game, and he is anticipating a big crowd for the clash at Northburn Sports Complex.
“In my eyes Heaton would be worthy champions,” he admitted before last night’s game between Hebburn Reyrolle and Seaton Delaval Arms was called off.
Reyrolle were aiming to turn around a seven-goal deficit to overtake Heaton at the top of the table.
“We beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture, but manager Derek Thompson, his assistant Geoff Walker and the players fully deserve to win the league based on this year’s efforts, and Heaton Stannington will want to celebrate with a victory following Bank Holiday Monday’s cup final defeat on penalties against Whitley Bay A.”
Shankhouse have been this season’s party poopers and deflated the title hopes of Carlisle City and Harraby CC.
However, they are still expecting to watch on as Heaton lift the silverware, the latter knowing they need just a point to secure the title.
Stocksfield have no major absentees for their clash against Whitley Bay A who are missing their Challenge Cup hero goalkeeper, Michael Hammond, who is on holiday with Kyle Hayes taking his place.
Other than that, Whitley have a full squad to pick from and Harraby take on a Ponteland United side who look doomed to Division One after basement side Murton tended their resignation this week.
Blyth Town’s Fun Day in aid of Cory Davison & Charlie Bear was a huge success and the club presentation night is on Friday, June 8 featuring a hypnotist and disco with tickets priced £5.
Percy Main stalwart Tony Browell signed for the club in 1995 and has now made 500 appearances for the Villagers. The club are rewarding his loyal service with a testimonial on Saturday, May 19.
Amble United face Newcastle University at Purvis Park in the Subsidiary Cup final today with the Seasiders looking to complete a treble in a sensational season for the Division One champs.
Percy Main would greatly appreciate anyone going along to help them out with a number of cup finals at the ground in the next couple of weeks, and are keen to attract new committee members.
Contact secretary Norman De Bruin on 07960 189667 or ask at the ground during a game.