Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skilltrainingltd Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skilltrainingltd Northern League

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

THE match of the day is between second-top Dunston UTS and leaders Spennymoor Town with Whitley Bay also anxiously awaiting the outcome.

With the season running down, it looks like a two-horse race for the championship, Dunston trail Moors by nine points but have played four more games and the Seahorses look the best bet to challenge the current leaders.

Manager Ian Chandler has not given up hope of his team ending in pole position but knows that nothing short of victory against Horden CW at Hillheads will suffice.

"It's absolutely essential we claim all three points and keep the pressure on Spennymoor who we still have to play. I'm hoping Dunston do us a good turn," said Chandler whose only absentee is the suspend Richard Hodgson.

Horden CW's problems continue to mount and this week Simon Corbett resigned as manager for the second time this season.

After guiding the Colliers to the Second Division championship last time he quit earlier in the campaign because of work commitments. He returned in December when Craig Veart departed and the club was forced to make budget cuts.

"The side is in the bottom three. I am still working away quite a bit and felt I should resign," said Corbett.

Chairman Norman Stephens has immediately turned to Brian Honour, who was Corbett's number two and the former Hartlepool player took no persuading. He said: "I was born and bred in Horden and played for the club as did my father and two brothers. I've brought in Ian McGuckin to help and the two of us will work our socks off in a bid to keep the team in the top flight."

Ashington are fourth ahead of their visit to West Auckland Town, who improved their chances of avoiding the drop when they scored six times in midweek. Colliers manager Gary Middleton goes without the suspended Alex Houlsby and awaits news on the fitness of Mark O'Dea and Andrew Carr. …

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