Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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Byline: MALCOLM PRATT

WHITLEY Bay manager Ian Chandler believes he can see light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel so far.

Uncharacteristically the Seasiders have lost all three Ebac Northern League games, conceding 11 goals and also made their exit from the FA Cup.

"I thought there were positives on Tuesday night even though we lost at Marske United. We looked comfortable for 40 minutes but missed golden scoring opportunities which we should have put away," observed Chandler ahead of this afternoon's visit to newly-promoted Crook Town.

"Signing Leon Ryan from Spennymoor Town is a big plus and I can see us turning things around and going on a good run."

Chandler welcomes the return of Craig McFarlane, Ian Watson and Mick Tait but Brad Brooking, Chris Reid and James Novak are definite absentees.

The match of the day is likely to be between Sunderland RCA and Spennymoor Town. Last week, Moors edged the Wearsiders by the odd goal in the FA Cup and another close result is on the cards this afternoon. "We took them to the wire last weekend but I was very disappointed with our result and performance against Durham City earlier in the week," said RCA manager Neil Hixon, who cannot call upon Scott Richards, Kyle Morris, Jack Lilley, Stephen Halliday or Liam Clough.

"I need an immediate response because one thing's for sure, it will be a tough encounter this afternoon."

Ashington manager Gary Middleton's only injury concern for the visit of Hebburn Town to Woodhorn Lane surrounds defender Craig Scott.

His opposite number Scott Oliver is relishing his new role with the South Tynesiders. "It's a club I always wanted to manage and so far, so good," he said "I thought the lads were fantastic winning at Barnoldswick Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. They gave 100 per cent commitment and one or two could be feeling the after effects so fortunately I've got Paul Robinson, Jordan Fraser, Lee McMahon and Callum Smith to call upon."

Bedlington Terriers are the early season pacesetters with three wins and a draw from four games. Significantly, they have conceded just one goal before tackling at Guisborough Town. …

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