Prudhoe Town back in the game

PRUDHOE Town are up and running again - and it is no surprise the Lowther family are very much involved.

PRUDHOE Town are up and running again - and it is no surprise the Lowther family are very much involved.

The Tynesiders resigned from Division Two of the Skilltrainingltd Northern League at the end of the 2008/9 season, when they finished second bottom.

However, after a year of inactivity, they are now back in action.

Chairman, secretary and treasurer Chris Lowther said: "We took a year out, but I am over the moon to be back in action.

"We successfully applied to the Wearside League and cannot wait for the first game on August 7.

"We could have continued in the SNL, but with hindsight it was probably best to step down and take stock for a year.

"I had the yearning to return and so too did my wife Susan, who will again look after the refreshments, while my daughter Rachel will again be physio.

"We have a bit of help behind the scenes this time, and everybody is looking forward to being involved on Saturday afternoons."

Tony Boakes, who played in goal for Dunston Federation and Ryton, has taken over as manager with Terry Allison as his assistant.

Prudhoe have dropped out of the New County North Durham Youth League and a number of the players will be given their chance in the Wearside League squad.

The management pair, however, aim to bring in one or two experienced heads.

The club has entered a side in the Hexham and District Sunday League and the under-12 team will continue in the Apollo Doors Gateshead Youth League, of which Chris Lowther is secretary.

Pre-season friendlies arranged for the senior team are: July 24 Swalwell home; July 28 Prudhoe Sunday team home; July 31 Rutherford away; August 4 Whickham home.

The three "home" fixtures will be played at Prudhoe High School.

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