Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

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IT has to be best foot forward for Felling today - otherwise they could find themselves back at the bottom of the Durham Senior League.

They face a tough trip to unchanged Kimblesworth, the newly-promoted side rapidly making a name for itself in its new surroundings.

Felling welcome back Mike Malthouse and Connor Elliott, and they also include 17 year-old Max Moss following some impressive displays for the juniors.

Felling will keep an anxious eye on events over at Castle Eden, where Durham City are scheduled to play.

City are the only team below Felling in the table, but just by four points.

While they will be back to full strength with the return of Adam Sixsmith and Danielle Hazell, the Castle team will have an unfamiliar look with many players missing to attend the wedding of club skipper John Spellman.

At the opposite end of the ladder, Boldon hold the most slender of leads, but South Hetton could prove awkward hosts as South African Bokang Mosena continues to impress and Johnny Davis' return puts them at full strength.

Whitburn, just a solitary point behind the leaders, put out an unchanged side for the third week running, but visitors Eppleton have to make do without Adam McGuire, with Guy Dunn deputising.

Ambitious Willington still feel as though they have a chance in the Durham County League title race - despite trailing leaders Brandon by 39 points after eight games.

They lie fourth and face a tough assignment this afternoon at the club just one place behind them, Langley Park, but they are boosted by the return from university for the rest of the summer of Greg Pringle.

He joins a squad which has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future, with youngsters such as Aaron Proud and Patrick Stephenson already making their mark at first-team level.

Proud has been scoring runs for fun in the juniors and has begun to take that form into the senior side, while 15 yearold Stephenson, the son of skipper Calvin, has been successfully opening the bowling. …

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