RED STAR OUT TO TIGHTEN UP DE­FENCE AT DUNSTON

EBAC NORTH­ERN LEAGUE: AS­SIS­TANT BOSS DE­TER­MINED TO ‘STOP GIFTING GOALS TO THE OP­PO­SI­TION’

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Sea­ham Red Star are de­ter­mined to tighten up in de­fence for to­mor­row’s First Di­vi­sion trip to Dunston UTS.

As­sis­tant man­ager Paul John­son was not a happy man with his de­fence in mid­week, af­ter con­ced­ing five at home to North Shields.

John­son will be in charge to­mor­row as Chris McCabe is unavail­able and he said of the mid­week de­feat: “The lads were dis­ap­pointed with their per­for­mance and they have to stop gifting goals to the op­po­si­tion.

“The first and last goals were shock­ers and the squad needs a lift.

“I have made moves to bring in two ex­pe­ri­enced First Di­vi­sion play­ers and hope­fully we can get them in as soon as pos­si­ble. Craig Lynch has been a mas­sive loss the past few games and it’s very dif­fi­cult to find a re­place­ment.”

Aaron Croft and Tommy Price re­turn for Red Star, af­ter miss­ing Tues­day’s heavy de­feat. Long-term in­jured skip­per Lynch is the only ab­sen­tee.

Dunston have a few miss­ing, with top scorer Mark Fitz­patrick sus­pended and Dale Bur­rell, Liam Thear, James Martin and Dan Capewell all out in­jured. Jake Stafford and Scott Hes­lop are doubt­ful.

Ry­hope CW man­ager Gary Pear­son in­sists his team have to im­prove, ahead of the game at Bishop Auck­land.

He said: “Lewis Turn­bull should re­turn from in­jury, but El­liott Woods is still out with a thigh in­jury.

“Chris Trewick and cap­tain Kyle Davis will re­turn though, af­ter miss­ing our mid­week game due to work com­mit­ments.

“As for our ex­pec­ta­tions for the week­end, any­thing would be bet­ter than our mid­week per­for­mance against Whit­ley Bay, where we lost 7-0.

“We were fan­tas­tic for the first 35 min­utes, but, just af­ter half-time, we had a player sent off.

“We then strug­gled for the rest of the game with only 10 men. “Bishop Auck­land have sta­bilised and got some goodresult­sre­cently. We’ve gone the op­po­site way and the wheels have come off. “We need to stop the rot and get back to win­ning ways. First and fore­most, we need to make sure we don’t lose.” Sun­der­landRCA­man­ager Martin Swales is in an up­beat mood ahead of the Meadow Park men’s trip to Guis­bor­ough Town.

He said: “Greg Swans­bury, James Arm­strong, Clay­ton Davis and Jonny Davis are unavail­able this week­end. Reece No­ble will have a late fit­ness test, but the squad will be strength­ened with the ad­di­tion of our new sign­ing, goal­keeper Keith Finch.

“We are back to a full­strength side and will travel to Guis­bor­ough Town with a good at­ti­tude and a de­sire to win the game, to hope­fully keep our good run go­ing.”

Guis­bor­ough man­ager Gary Forster said: “We are close to be­ing at full strength. We will ap­proach the Sun­der­land RCA game know­ing that we are up against a side that has started the sea­son well and it will be very tough for us.

“But I be­lieve in the tal­ent we have in our squad, to pull us through these games and away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.”

Wash­ing­ton are on the road to high-fly­ing Marske United, with a full squad to choose from.

Man­ager James Clark said: “We will be look­ing to build on the re­sult on Tues­day night against Ch­esterle-Street (a 2-0 League Cup win), but this will be a tough game.”

Marske have a doubt over James Fair­ley, while Ash­ley Cof­fey is def­i­nitely out in­jured.

Con­sett hope that cap­tain Daniel Craggs will re­cover from foot and an­kle prob­lems for the visit of New­ton Ay­cliffe.

Man­ager Mark Ec­cles said: “This will be a tough game for us and, from what I know of New­ton Ay­cliffe, they’ll be a phys­i­cal team who will work hard. We’ll have to match them and hope­fully our qual­ity will come through.”

Bot­tom club Billing­ham Syn­tho­nia wel­come Jar­row Roof­ing with­out the sus­pended David Hillerby, Matthew Ra­m­age and knee in­jury vic­tim Scott Howes. Wilf Dins­dale re­turns. Sec­re­tary Gra­ham Craggs said: “Af­ter go­ing 14 games with­out a win, we see this as a good op­por­tu­nity to fi­nally get a win on the board.”

West Auck­land, in fifth place, travel to Whit­ley Bay, who are on a high fol­low­ing suc­ces­sive wins of Sea­ham Red Star (2-0) and Ry­hope CW (7-0).

Sea­ham Red Star (red and white) bat­tle in vain against Whit­ley Bay in last week­end’s 2-0 home de­feay. Pic­tures by Tim Richard­son

Sea­ham Red Star (red) take on Whit­ley Bay.

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