Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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IT'S been a hectic couple of weeks at Durham City following the sacking of manager Adam Furness and his assistant Ian Skinner.

Former Sunderland player John Cornforth has been brought in by owner Oliver Bernard, the ex-Newcastle United player, and before transfer deadline day four players left and four were signed.

James Moore joined Team Northumbria and Craig Ellison went to Newcastle Benfield, while Alex Francis (West Auckland Town) and Craig Hindmarch (Esh Winning) also moved on.

Replacing the quartet are Ryan McGorrigan (Newcastle Benfield), Andrew Mogwo (Bedlington Terriers), Ricky Fenwick (South Shields) and Gareth Young (Bishop Auckland).

With only five games to play, including today's visit of Billingham Synthonia, City are comfortably placed with only pride to play for.

It's a similar scenario for Synners, who have a full squad to choose from at New Ferens Park.

Life is not so easy for those teams struggling to avoid joining Billingham Town and Hebburn Town in the Second Division next season.

Following a midweek defeat, Team Northumbria are precariously placed third from bottom, going into what could be a difficult task at Whitley Bay.

Bedlington Terriers are also in the mix and their squad was depleted when Andrew Mogwo moved on last weekend. It's a real six-pointer at Doctor Pit Welfare Park with Sunderland RCA also in the bottom six.

RCA manager David Lee reports that strikers Gavin Barton and Daniel Wray come into his plans but Steven Baynes is unavailable.

Morpeth Town boss Nicky Gray reckons that just one win from their last six games will see them over the line.

Gray's hoping it will come at the expense of Newcastle Benfield at Craik Park but a blow is that he cannot name Michael Hall, Sean Taylor or Chris Jewels.

Benfield manager Steve Bowey has even bigger problems with Paul Talbot, Mark Convery, Carl Patterson, Gary Day, Jordan Mellish and Michael Riley all sidelined. …

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