Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Vase/ebac Northern League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fa Vase/ebac Northern League

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WEST Auckland Town striker Amar Purewal has stressed his side is "under no illusions" when it comes to today's FA Vase meeting against Hebburn Town.

The all-Northern League tie guarantees the region will have a representative in the last eight of the competition.

Purewal admitted a place at Wembley will be on the minds of every player who steps on to the Energy Check Sports Ground pitch this afternoon.

He said: "I think Wembley will feel very close after this game because we are two of the favourites for the competition.

"The best thing for us is we are better away from home and it's on a better pitch than we have, so we can get it down and play.

"There is no pressure on us as the away side really.

"It's a very tough tie and we are under no illusions about how tough it will be against them because they are a very good side.

"We only have one chance, there is no second leg and there is no reason why we can't go through."West are without suspended midfield duo Steven Snaith and Adam Mitchell, while Hebburn are boosted by the return of Jack Robson, Dan Smith and captain Louis Storey.

Northern League Division One leaders Dunston UTS have injury worries over three key players ahead of their home game against bottom-of-the-table Penrith.

Dunston manager Chris Swailes will check on the fitness of Dan Halliday, Jack Elliott and Michael Pearson before his side faces the Bonny Blues.

Paul Brayson will take temporary charge of Newcastle Benfield when they host North Shields for the second time in four days.

Benfield confirmed manager Tom Wade and coach Ross Mackay left the club by mutual consent on Thursday evening.

New signing Nick Allen could face an immediate reunion with his former Seaham Red Star team-mates when he takes his place in the Consett squad for the first time this weekend. …

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