Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arngrove Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arngrove Northern League

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With the season drawing to a close, the race for the championship is between four clubs with Sunderland Nissan still out in front despite their recent indifferent form.

The Wearsiders have taken one point from the last nine and have seen their advantage over Billingham trimmed to three points.

"We need to get back on track starting with today's game against West Auckland Town at the Nissan Sports Complex. With ten games to play it's going to be very tight and we cannot afford to continue dropping points," said manager Wilf Constantine.

Jamie Clarke, signed from Bishop Auckland, will make his debut but Gavin Cogden is still suspended.

Billingham visit Darlington RA, who are in danger of making an immediate return to the Second Division.

The Teessiders have a goalkeeping headache since regular stopper Darren Collier is suffering from whiplash sustained in a car accident and Jason Hamilton, who has been deputising, is also unable to play.

"At this point in time we don't know who will be in goal. We are still looking for a replacement," said Billingham chairman Tommy Donnelly.

A definite absentee is David Abel, who has gone to play football in Australia for six months, but Andrew Burton and Michael Jamieson return.

Whitley Bay are third and, although they are eight points off the top they have four games in hand on Nissan. Jarrow Roofing are the visitors to Hillheads Park, where the Bay will be without Brian Smith.

Consett are very much in contention having played four games fewer than Nissan. They will hope to further erode the Wearsiders' 11 points lead when they line up with Newcastle Blue Star at Belle Vue Park.

Horden CW parted company with manager Mark Fanning earlier in the week and have appointed Gus Di Lella in a caretaker role with Glen Moan as coach.

The pair will attempt to revive the Colliers' faltering fortunes in the bottom-four clash at West Allotment Celtic, who produced a good performance holding fifth-top Shildon to a draw on Wednesday. …

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