Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Faces Can Pull Us Clear - Campbell; Non-League Football

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Faces Can Pull Us Clear - Campbell; Non-League Football

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

NORTON boss Andy Campbell is keeping his fingers crossed that an influx of new signings can help the Ancients go clear of the Northern League relegation zone.

Campbell's side are down among the dead men after winning just two of their opening 12 games.

Fresh additions Ross Gardner and Callum Wilson made an instant impact as Norton beat a young Hartlepool United reserve side in the Durham Challenge Cup in midweek however.

And centre-half Steve Oakley should sign in time from Esh Winning to provide further reinforcement at the back at Dunston tomorrow.

The trio's arrival could not be better timed as far as former Boro striker Campbell is concerned, with a series of vital games coming up.

"Ross and Callum were fantastic against Hartlepool. They gave us a little bit of extra belief that we've lacked over the last month," he said. "Steve is what I call a big, daft centre-half because he will kick and head everything. That's what we need - a big centre-half who can make us hard to beat.

"Our goal difference doesn't lie. If you keep conceding threes you're not giving yourself much of a chance.

"But we've always got goals in the team, so if we can shore things up at the back we want to get a good run going.

"After Dunston we've got three home games, then Billingham Town away, so our next five games are massive before the Christmas period."

Third-bottom Billingham Town will boost their survival bid if they beat Sunderland RCA in the second Bedford Terrace clash between the sides in five days.

RCA got the upper hand as they won a Durham Challenge Cup cracker 5-4 in extra-time on Tuesday. But Town manager Carl Jarrett is confident of exacting instant revenge after seeing his side produce some scintillating attacking play against the Wearsiders when they were down to 10 men.

"I think we can have the beating of them and I hope the lads think that as well," he said.

"Maybe that wasn't RCA's full team on Tuesday night, I don't know.

"We are where we are in the league because of conceding bad goals. But we created chance after chance against them. …

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