Alnwick Town have signed Gloire Mbiavanga from North Shields ahead of tomorrow’s clash with high-flying Seaham Red Star.
Town make the long trip to Seaham in a game that pitches third from top of the Ebac Northern League, Division Two, with fourth from bottom. It is another crucial fixture for Alnwick in their fight against relegation.
Tommy English, out with a back injury for four months, could return to boost Seaham Red Star, who were rocked by a deduction of three points imposed for fielding an ineligible player against Brandon United.
Red Star boss Mark Collingwood, who will give a late fitness check to Daryl Donnelly and English, said: “It was an administrative error. We’ve still got 12 games to play and I reckon we need to get 10 wins. We can’t afford any more slip-ups and despite losing three points, I believe we have a good enough squad to make a go of it.”
Jarrow Roofing moved fourth place with a midweek win and against Darlington RA at Boldon, boss Richie McLoughlin is hopeful that Danny Carson and Paul Gardner will both be able to turn out.
Title favourites North Shields aim to make it 13 wins on the bounce at fifth-top Heaton Stannington.
“Heaton have done very well during their first season in the league and have a good home record, but we have been at the top of our game now for several months,” enthused Robins’ manager Graham Fenton, who awaits news on injured goalkeeper Michael Robinson and Ben Richardson. Heaton’s only absentee is suspended captain Joe Wear.
Chester-le-Street boss Colin Wake has Michael Graver, Gregg Halliday and Steven Telford available, but he could go with an unchanged starting line-up against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion at Chester Moor Park.
Washington will aim to move into the top half of the table by defeating second-bottom Esh Winning at Nissan, while Birtley Town look to consolidate seventh place by taking all three points at home to Northallerton.