Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ebac Northern League

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SHILDON are almost over the line in the race for the Ebac Northern League championship and today will aim to take a step towards the double by defeating North Shields in the semi-final of the Cameron Brewery Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

Manager Gary Forrest - no doubt reflecting on last season's final-day agony when they were pipped for the title - is taking nothing for granted and certainly this afternoon's task is not an easy one.

"It will be a really tough game for both sides, but with a big crowd behind us, I'm confident we can get through," said Robins' assistant manager Andy Bowman.

He added: "Shildon are a good team - make no mistake about it but we've had a canny run recently and with an expected full-strength side available, we'll certainly give them a good game."

Whitley Bay head to second-top Marske United in the other semi final, relaxed after securing their top-flight status earlier in the week. But it looks like being a tall order for the Seahorses who have five players ineligible and in total, seven sidelined.

Goalkeeper Tom Flynn, Aidan Haley, Callum Munro, Jake Fowler and Callum Patton are cup-tied while Stuart Bramley and Richard Flynn are also unavailable.

Manager Ian Chandler said: "Now that we are no longer involved in the relegation fight, we can concentrate on the cup but I know it will be a difficult encounter. I'll probably bring in two or three players from the reserves with Dillon Blake, Graeme Williams, Ryan Keltie and Andy Robinson all potential candidates for places in the squad."

With Norton and Stockton Ancients and Bedlington Terriers already relegated, all eyes will be on Durham City's fixture at Guisborough Town. Either the Citizens or West Allotment Celtic, who have completed the season, will play in Division Two next season. …

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