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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Wallington aim to end year on high

WALLINGTON are looking to end a great year on a high with their final game of 2013.

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Having took to the Premier Division of the Northern Alliance like a duck to water after last year's title winning campaign and currently find themselves in third spot.

Weather permitting, they travel to Red House Farm tomorrow to play a side also enjoying a good run in the higher division as they finished as runners-up to the Greens in the summer.

Wallington are looking to complete the double over their rivals after thumping them 4-1 in the reverse fixture at Scots Gap at the start of the season.

As it stands, Wallington are just one point off top spot but the top two are both in action - leaders Blyth Town host second bottom Percy Main Amateurs and second placed Killingworth Station entertain 13th placed Seaton Delaval Amateurs.

In Division One, both Hexham and Ponteland United have the opportunity to heap further pressure on relegation threatened rivals Heddon.

Currently 12th, Hexham will shoot up to join New Fordley in joint sixth place if they pick up three points on their travels at Bedlington Terriers Reserves who are one place above in the league table as they enjoy a better goal difference.

With the club's injury crisis slackening off, results have started to pick up and they are looking for three wins on the bounce. Their two latest wins came in a shock 3-0 win over leaders Cramlington Town and 3-2 victory at Cullercoats.

Victory at home for Ponteland United against Gateshead Redheugh 1957 would move them nine points clear of second bottom Heddon and allow them to breathe more easy.

United have impressed at times throughout this campaign but have suffered due to drawing too many games, their latest two league encounters ending 2-2 to make it six stalemates from 13 fixtures.

They threw away a two goal lead last time out to be held by Cullercoats, and they will need to be at their best throughout the 90 minutes if they are to get something from third placed Gateshead who won the reverse fixture 3-1 early in August.

Chopwell are looking to put an end to their poor form of late as they are without triumph in their past three league games in Division Two.

Looking to challenge at the top in their debut year in the Alliance, recent results have seen them slump to sixth - and they would drop a place further if they lose at seventh placed Gateshead Leam Rangers.

When the two teams met at Chopwell back in October, neither side could find the breakthrough as they played out a goalless draw.

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