Arca a doubt for Shields’ league game

The Chronicle - - Non-league Football - By MARK CAR­RUTHERS

JULIO Arca is amongst a num­ber of South Shields play­ers that are rated as doubt­ful for their Evo-Stik North clash against Tad­caster Al­bion.

De­fend­ers Darren Lough and An­thony Cal­laghan also face late fit­ness tests ahead of the game at Mariners Park.

How­ever, there was some good news on the in­jury front for Gra­ham Fen­ton and Lee Pic­ton as Gavin Cog­don and Alex Ni­chol­son re­turn to the squad.

North­ern League Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Mor­peth Town en­ter­tain a Stock­ton Town side that could con­tain cap­tain Adam Ni­chol­son for the first time this sea­son.

The cen­tre-back is yet to fea­ture this cam­paign af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery on a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury at the end of last sea­son.

North Shields will hope to bounce back from two cup ex­its in­side four days when they make the short trip to Team Northum­bria.

West Auck­land Town could move into the top four of the ta­ble, if they can come away from Guis­bor­ough Town with all three points.

Dun­ston UTS are boosted by the re­turn of sev­eral key play­ers for their game at Shildon.

Chris Swailes could name Ben Pol­lock, Dale Bur­rell, Michael Pear­son and new sign­ing Mat­teo Faiola in his start­ing line-up for the game at Dean Street.

Foster Gar­ton should re­turn to the Billing­ham Syn­tho­nia squad for their game at sec­ond-placed Marske United.

Sea­ham Red Star host New­cas­tle Ben­field with­out the likes of Craig Lynch, Nicky Kane and Liam McBryde.

They could hand a de­but to Luke Gil­h­espy af­ter he joined them from Bishop Auck­land.

Dale Pear­son serves the fi­nal game of a three-match ban when Ash­ing­ton en­ter­tain New­ton Ay­cliffe.

Ross Wilkin­son has been ruled out of Whit­ley Bay’s game at Washington af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­vere con­cus­sion in their FA Vase exit at the hands of West Auck­land Town.

Sun­der­land RCA will look to com­plete a league dou­ble over Pen­rith af­ter a 2-1 home win against the Cum­brian out­fit ear­lier in the sea­son.

Two sides in the bot­tom six meet at Her­itage Park as Bishop Auck­land en­ter­tain Jar­row Roofing and Con­sett head to Ryhope CW.

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