Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues Round-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues Round-Up

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Hetton Lyons need a maximum seven points to clinch the Foster's Durham Senior League championship and possible promotion to the Foster's ECB North East Regional Premier League.

They go into their final game of the season at Horden 14 points in front of Whitburn and are likely to be celebrating tonight.

Said secretary Michael Young: "We require just seven points to be certain, but although we are unbeaten, we will take nothing for granted. Anything can happen in this game, and we'll also be keeping an eye on the weather."

The Lyons expect Des Beach to return to their attack but, in case he cannot play, former first team captain Paul Walker is on standby.

By the high standards they have set in recent years, Horden have experienced a disappointing season. They are fourth from the basement with three wins in 21 attempts and regardless of the outcome of today's game, they will not finish any higher. Adam Dixon returns as the Colliers attempt to inflict a first defeat of the season on Hetton Lyons.

Whitburn, who earlier in the summer led the table, can only aim to defeat Burnmoor and hope Hetton Lyons slip up.

They anticipate John Dunn playing and Michael Smith definitely returns, but Michael Turns is unavailable.

Burnmoor are third and could finish runners-up, and their chances of winning the final game are enhanced with the inclusion of Chris Ellerson who has enjoyed a good first season with the club.

At the bottom, Durham City and Felling are battling to avoid the wooden spoon.

Durham complete their programme at home to South Hetton and captain Brian Stone hopes to field a strong line-up. The visitors have David Wilkinson and Len Houghton lining up for Carl Gibbert and Kyle Bradbury.

Felling are five points better off than Durham City, despite the fact they have won two games fewer than their rivals. They will have a weakened side on duty at South Shields who bring in youngsters Chris Dorothy and Kris McShane for juniors Oliver Stedman and John Hutton.

Despite the fact they are third from the basement, Seaham Harbour captain David Thompson believes there have been some positive outcomes during the season. …

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