Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northern Alliance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northern Alliance

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Byline: BILL GARDNER

A 3-1 MIDWEEK victory at home to Carlisle City revived Walker Central's hopes of achieving a top-two finish to facilitate a step up to the Northern League.

However, the Central's manager Mike Jeffels is taking a realistic view and knows his team could still be overtaken by Heaton Stannington or Harraby Catholic Club, who have several games in hand.

Premier Division leaders Wark beat neighbours Stocksfield 2-0 on Wednesday to stay three points ahead of Walker and, although they are lying idle today, their status in pole position will not be threatened.

Walker Central cannot afford any slipups, and their meeting with third-placed Heaton Stannington at Monkchester is almost a 'must win' situation.

Harraby Catholic Club still have 12 games outstanding, starting with this afternoon's visit of Blyth Town, and the Cumbrians represent the wild card in the late stages of the title race.

They have won their last four home games, while Blyth's confidence was knocked by their 2-0 defeat by Ashington Colliers on Wednesday night. …

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