Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Looking to Build on Their Great Revival to Beat Drop

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Priorymen Looking to Build on Their Great Revival to Beat Drop

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GUISBOROUGH can give their chances of survival a huge boost if they win their relegation clash at bottom club Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

The Priorymen, who are third bottom of the ENL first division table, have started a mini-revival by winning their last two matches against West Auckland and Penrith, and they were given a lift by Washington's defeat at Penrith in midweek, which means they are four points behind Washington on the same games with five to go.

Washington haven't won in eight league matches, and play their last home game on Saturday against midtable Sunderland RCA.

Guisborough manager Gary Forster said: "We have improved our confidence thanks to the last two wins, and we need to be at our best in the coming weeks."

Keeper Jordan Nixon returns to the squad, which means Guisborough are close to full strength.

Chester-le-Street, meanwhile, will be just about relegated if Guisborough win. They have only picked up five points all season at home.

Marske United, meanwhile, are aiming to finish their season with a flourish, and fifth place is theirs for the taking. They face fourth-placed Shildon at Mount Pleasant, and will be fresher than their opponents, who played Penrith on Thursday night.

Manager Carl Jarrett will include teenager midfielder Connor Short, who has been playing for England Youth, while key midfielder Craig Gott returns to the squad, as well as Wilf Dinsdale and Lee Brockbank. However, midfielder Curtis Round is out because of suspension.

"We are expecting a tough game against Shildon, but it's a test that we are up for," says Jarrett.

In the second division, Stockton Town need ten points from five matches for a second successive promotion, and they can get three of them by beating Durham on the 3G at Belle Vue.

Stockton are unbeaten in the league now since November, and manager Micky Dunwell said: "The pressure is on the teams around us at the moment. …

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