Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

A YEAR ago, it was doom and gloom at Kingsley Park when the very future of Ryton and Crawcrook Albion was in doubt.

Relegation from the STL Northern League top-flight became inevitable and was confirmed long before the end of the season.

But a few months on the club is on the fringe of the second division promotion race and much healthier behind the scenes.

Today, they are looking forward to the visit of Crook Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Vase yet only a few months ago the tie would have been greeted with trepidation.

Secretary Ken Rodger said: "We are slowly rebuilding after last season's really bad experience and we all feel it's onwards and upwards." Recent signings Denver Morris from Dunston UTS and Ross Atkinson (North Shields) are pencilled in and Rodger hopes to complete the acquisition of Ryan Arnott, also from North Shields.

Manager Hagan though has Andrew Dobbie injured but Callum Turnbull is back from suspension.

Bedlington Terriers have a chance of going through at the expense of Northallerton Town.

Joint manager Keith Perry could have four players returning. Tony Shandran, Stephen Richardson, Stephen Bowey and Tom English are expected to be named but Stephen Harrison and Graeme Carr are both sidelined.

"We go down there taking nothing for granted but aim to win at the first attempt. if the lads have the right attitude and commitment we should go through okay," claimed Perry.

Birtley Town take on South Shields at Filtrona Park and assistant boss Barry Fleming is pleased that brothers Matt and Stephen Telford are available along with James Alsop but Andy Inness will need a late check on his fitness. The Mariners name Michael Rodenby, who has been out for a couple of weeks with a foot infection but Stephen Ramsey is still a couple of weeks away from making his comeback.

First Division leaders Sunderland RCA cannot call upon Harrison Davies or Lee Owens when they line up for the third time in less than a fortnight with Bishop Auckland. …

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