North­ern League Di­vi­sion Two

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Durham City man­ager Ol­lie Hotchkiss is in a pos­i­tive frame of mind ahead of to­mor­row’s Sec­ond Di­vi­sion trip to Blyth.

Hotchkiss said: “We beat Team North in the cup on Tues­day night, who are from the league above us, so we go to Blyth full of con­fi­dence and I be­lieve we’ve got a good chance.

“There is no pres­sure, as we’re not ex­pected to get any­thing, but I be­lieve we can, if we play well.”

Sam Joyce, Kieran Har­nett, Ross Simp­son and Jeremy Allen are all unavail­able for the fore­see­able fu­ture and Steve Mol­loy is another two weeks away from fit­ness.

Hotchkiss added: “I am de­lighted about goal­keeper Dean Caris be­ing signed back to the team. Nathan Ar­min is sus­pended, but apart from that, we should have a good, healthy squad and we are feel­ing re­ally pos­i­tive.”

Sec­ond-bot­tom Ch­esterle-Street face a tough home clash with high-fly­ing Heb­burn Town.

Ch­ester man­ager Colin Wake said: “We have David Sur­rey away with work com­mit­ments, An­drew Clark­son is strug­gling with a groin in­jury and Aaron Reynolds is still out with a long-stand­ing back in­jury. How­ever, Kieran Me­gran re­turns to bol­ster the mid­field.

“Af­ter a cou­ple of en­cour­ag­ing re­cent per­for­mances, the fo­cus will be on keep­ing clean sheets as we have given away too many soft goals.

“We have a young squad who are mak­ing mis­takes and be­ing pun­ished in the harsh­est way pos­si­ble, but we are a work in process and need to get some much­needed points on the board, sooner rather than later.”

Heb­burn are rar­ing to go af­ter rest­ing 10 play­ers for the mid­week League Cup win.

Boss Scott Oliver said: “Ch­ester-le-Street will be a tough phys­i­cal test. They have started the sea­son poorly af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated from Di­vi­sion One, but they will be up for the game un­der the clever man­age­ment team of Colin Wake and Barry Fleming.” Eas­ing­ton Col­liery wel­come bot­tom club Al­nwick Town and Liam Adam­son re­turns, hav­ing played a few min­utes at Bran­don last week. Shaun Smith is back, hav­ing missed out due to work com­mit­ments, along­side Chris Free­man, but Jor­dan Hailes is still out in­jured. Lead­ers Tow Law Town travel to Whick­ham and sec­re­tary Steve Mo­ralee said: “Every­body is fit and avail­able to play this week­end and rar­ing to go. We have a full squad to choose from.”

Crook Town en­ter­tain Thorn­aby and should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Willing­ton are ready for the visit of West Al­lot­ment Celtic, with man­ager An­thony Lee say­ing: “Matty Mof­fat will be back from sus­pen­sion. There will be no other changes and we ex­pect to have a full-strength side. We’re up for the game and will be look­ing to come out of it with a win.”

Bran­don United travel to Dar­ling­ton RA, who have cen­tre-forward Phil Ca­ley re­turn­ing. Mark Sims is avail­able fol­low­ing sus­pen­sion.

Whit­ley Bay (blue and white) take on Sea­ham Red Star last week­end.

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