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Manager Steve Riley looks forward to tonight’s game

Manager Steve Riley looks forward to tonight’s game

I am really looking forward to tonight’s game following the postponement of Saturday’s game against Shildon. Fortunately the weather has been kind to us in that we have had no rain and I am told that the pitch was looking good yesterday and I am sure our volunteer ground staff will be, as usual, working hard today to get it ready for tonight’s game following Darlington’s game last night.

I thought the game against Bedlington last Tuesday night was again an excellent performance following on from the win against Norton & Stockton. We again played some very positive football and were unlucky not to score a few more goals.

However, it was pleasing to get another clean sheet and some of the football was of a high standard at times during the game and it was a welcome three points to help move us closer to the group of teams above us.

I realise both these clubs are lying at the bottom of the division but these were games which at the start of the season we were not getting results from and we were really confident of taking the game on Saturday to the League leaders and getting something from it.

Like everyone else I was very disappointed with the referee’s decision to call off the game against Shildon on Saturday. The pitch, in my view, was no worse than on Tuesday night and we wanted a little more time to do some work on a couple of areas of the pitch which he had requested but in the event he decided to call the game off.

Myself and Nathan had worked hard to get a loan signing to cover for the absent Mark Bell on Saturday and we really appreciate the help we received from Huddersfield Town loaning us goalkeeper Edward Wilcznski; it was frustrating for Edward to travel up and not get a game but he may well play tonight. We also signed Jake Cairns as defensive cover and Jake did well in Arjun’s absence against Bedlington on Tuesday night.

Arj played in an international trial match for Panjab FA on Saturday and by all accounts did well in a 2-2 draw with the Leicester City Academy team and we all hope he will be successful in being selected for the finals of the ConIFA World Cup 2016 in Abhkazia, near Russia in May.

Callum Munro has moved on, joining up with his previous manager at Durham City, Ian Chandler, at Whitley Bay.

Finally, congratulations to Ian Ward and his partner Stacey on the birth of their first child Alexandra!

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