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Boldon CA seek win to realise title dream
9:59am Saturday 21st August 2010 in News
ALL ROADS lead to Boldon with the Durham Senior League leaders taking on closest challengers Felling, and neighbours CA itching to take another step towards the Durham Coast League title.
A defeat for Felling would bring an end to their dream of adding the DSL crown to an impressive season, but a win could rekindle their ambitions.
Boldon will be at full strength as they go in search of their first championship in 50 years, as the visitors bring in Mark Vinton for the unavailable Alan Bullock.
Marsden’s fate is virtually sealed, and they won’t find any sympathetic pickings at Burnmoor today as the home team try to rid themselves of the tag of draw specialists.
Martin Thursfield returns to bolster their misfiring attack.
And, if as is inevitable, Marsden finish bottom their DSL status will be under threat as Boldon CA and Bill Quay will apply for promotion from the Coast League.
CA are 22 points ahead of the Quay in the race for the finishing line which has three more games to go. The first of these is this afternoon with Boldon entertaining Easington and Bill Quay at Peterlee.
CA have Gary Hewitt returning to put them at optimum strength, but opponents Easington have delayed selection with a number of players unavailable because of holidays and injuries.
Peterlee’s hopes of avoiding relegation hang by a thread, and as the home team do have most players back this week Bill Quay will arrive with a full squad and the determination to keep their title hopes alive until the very last.
Durham County League side Tudhoe will play in the Saunders Cup Final at Whitburn tomorrow (2pm) when Castle Eden will be their opponents.
And they will be virtually at full-strength with Stephen Thompson and Kevin Littlefair returning.
They limber up for the final with a game at Willington where their hosts hope to reenergise their ambitions of finishing as runners-up. Gary Cummings’ long term injury is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season, but Darren Brown returns in time to replace Fergus Hopper.
Both the leading NTSL sides play matches against teams from the lower reaches of the table, with unchanged leaders Swalwell entertaining a Sacriston side that has Ian Jones, Phil Long, Mark Fort and Ben Hall all back, while Stefan Dabrowksi takes over stumper duties for Shotley Bridge as they host Ashington.