Alliance teams look for break in the weather

The Northern Alliance League has been badly hit by the weather with several teams seeing games postponed because of waterlogged pitches in recent weeks.

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 6:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th October 2019, 12:01 pm
North Shields Athletic.
North Shields Athletic.

On Saturday (November 2) the majority of sides will be looking for a break in conditions so they can get back to playing, as in some cases they have had two weeks off.

In the Premier Division, Cullercoats, who beat Gateshead Rutherford 3-1 away from home in the League Cup on Saturday, are away to New Fordley.

Percy Main, who have not played since October 12, and whose Gardner Cup game against Heaton Stannington was postponed at the weekend, will be home to Whitley Bay Reserves, whose last match was also on October 12.

Percy’s game against Heaton Stannington has now been re-arranged for November 23.

In the past week Main have seen goalkeeper Craig Byrne join Cramlington Town. Michael Beck, who has scored four goals this season, has signed for West Jesmond, whilst Luke Watson, who had a spell with West Allotment last season, has joined the club from Newcastle Blue Star.

North Shields Athletic, who have also had two weeks off, hope to get back into the action at home to Newcastle Chemfica. They will be looking to dust off the cobwebs ahead of a Benevolent Bowl clash with last season’s Alliance champions, Killingworth, the following weekend.

Seaton Delaval, who were last in action on October 19, are home to Ponteland United.

In Division 1, Wallsend Boys Club, who lost 5-0 at home to Bedlington FC in the League Cup on Saturday, are away to Hebburn Town U23s.

Seaton Burn, who lost 3-1 away to Hexham in the League Cup at the weekend are away again, this time to Red Row Welfare in the league.

In Division 2, Seaton Sluice, who also had no game last weekend, are home to Wideopen & District on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the Development Division, Whitley Bay Sporting Club A, who also had no game at the weekend, travel to take on Red House Farm.