Durham returns to Hillheads

SATURDAY sees Durham City returning to Hillheads for the first time since they were promoted from the Northern League in 2008. City took voluntary relegation from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League at the end of last season due to financial difficulties associated with the extra travelling in that league.

They have had mixed fortunes so far this season and currently lie five places, but just one point behind Whitley in the table. It is of course still very early in the season and like Whitley they will be keen to achieve some consistency in their performances.

In the past there have been some memorable games involving the two sides, including the 3-1 victory that saw Whitley crowned League champions at Durham in the last match of the 2006/07 season. The sides also met in the FA Vase semi final of 2002, when Whitley won the first leg 2-1 at Hillheads before earning a 0-0 draw at New Ferens Park, a result that took them to Villa Park for their first ever national cup final.

Next Tuesday evening, Whitley are at home once again, this time to Norton & Stockton Ancients, another side who have struggled during the opening month of the season. A second victory in four days would be just what Whitley need to boost confidence and prepare them for a tough series of games in the coming weeks.