Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stl Northern League

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

PERRY Briggs, who was assistant manager at Spennymoor Town until a few weeks ago, has taken over as manager of Newcastle Benfield.

He replaces Alu Bangura and took charge for the first time on Wednesday night when the Tynesiders went out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup to North Shields.

"I'm pleased to be back in the STL Northern League although my appointment is only until the end of the season. We will then sit down and look to the future," said Briggs who takes his new charges to relegation threatened Billingham Town this afternoon. "At this stage, I don't know what the side will be. I've hit the ground running in the last few days. It's a massive challenge and although we are comfortably placed, obviously I want to finish as high as possible."

Billingham Town have plenty to worry about. They are fifth from bottom just six points ahead of Penrith who occupy the third relegation place. The Teessiders are pleased to have captain Alan Cossavella and Danny O'Brien available.

Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler is determined not to dwell on the past and look forward. The Seahorses, with nothing but pride to play for, host Bedlington Terriers and Chandler said: "Since being knocked out of the FA Carlsberg Vase we've hit a bit of a slump and felt sorry for ourselves.

"I know this is the first time for a few years that we've got nothing to play for at this stage but we cannot be winners every season."

Chandler will field a fairly thin squad with David Coulson, Brian Smith and Chris Fawcett definitely out. In addition, Callum Anderson, Damon Robson and Chris Reid are doubtful.

Bedlington Terriers also have a reduced squad but even so joint managers Tony Lowery and Keith Perry have kept the Colliers in a healthy position with a good chance of ending in the top six.

Sunderland RCA lead the table going into their game at Guisborough Town with boss Neil Hixon eyeing a double. "On Tuesday, we played exceptionally well to defeat Dunston UTS and reach the semi-finals of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup," he said. …

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