Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arngrove Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arngrove Northern League

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North Shields are hoping history repeats itself when they visit Consett this afternoon.

The last time the Robins played at Belle Vue Park was during the 1987-88 season when they won 2-0. Manager Wilf Keilty and current player Mark Cass both played in the team and the pair are still involved almost 20 years on.

"It will not be easy this afternoon since Consett require just one point for promotion. They've racked up 108 goals and conceded just 22 and their record is by far the best in the two divisions," said Robins secretary David Thompson.

A problem for the Shieldsmen throughout the season has been a lengthy injury list which started in the third game when Tony Browell broke a leg in the FA Vase tie at Winterton.

Thompson added: "All sides are faced with injuries but it has been never ending for us and we've done reasonably well considering the circumstances."

Today, Mark Cass, Anthony Robson, Lee French, Chris Wall and the Dugdale brothers Ian and Andy are all missing but David Brown and Roy Gordon are available.

Consett are riding on the crest of the wave having lost just once in 30 games. They are 15 points ahead of nearest rivals Northallerton Town and manager Kenny Lindoe, who steered Brandon United to the First Division championship three years ago, is expected to add another championship to his impressive CV.

Unlike Consett, Prudhoe's season has been disappointing and they are seventh from the basement before the visit from Ryton.

Secretary Chris Lowther reports that Prudhoe have not entered next season's FA Cup or FA Vase and that the future directions of the club will be decided at the end of the season. Former North Shields goalkeeper Tony Harrison is manager and will have a full squad to choose from this afternoon. …

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