ONLY three points separate the top three – Heddon, Walker Central and Gillford Park – in the Premier Division. Only current leaders Heddon have the luxury of home advantage.
Heddon have stumbled a little but Ian Thompson’s side should stop the rot at the expense of bottom-rung visitors Northbank, who were beaten 3-1 at Carlisle earlier this season.
With the respective advantages of four and three games in hand, both Walker Central and Gillford Park could soon threaten Heddon.
And in a match switched to Eleventh Avenue the Central may be too strong for hosts Blyth Town.
Gillford Park and Peterlee Town have both announced ambitions to join the Arngrove Northern League. Gillford have proved good travellers but won’t travel to Ashington Colliers. The game was postponed last night.
There’s a five-point gap separating Gillford from Alnwick Town and Ponteland United in joint fourth.
After a fortnight’s rest Alnwick visit Cramlington Town, who were 1-0 victors in the reverse fixture. Skipper Craig Brown has returned to strengthen Ponteland’s defence but Craig Daglish is still suspended and keeper David Peters, may be a doubtful starter against Seaton Delaval at Wheatridge Park.
It’s been unusual to see Carlisle City and Shankhouse struggle. City suffered a player-exodus while Shankhouse boss Gary Kirkup has been unable to field a settled side.
Today City entertain fellow-strugglers Newcastle University, while Shankhouse’s home game against Peterlee Town is subject to a morning pitch inspection. Harraby Catholic host Heaton Stannington.