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NORTH AND TYNESIDE LEAGUE.

LEADERS Swalwell travel to Tynedale with Ross Sinclair and Gary Johnson back in the team, but Lee Innes is unavailable and Richard Shotton is going back to the seconds.

Fixture secretary Paul Dumighan said: "Tynedale is an absolute must-win game, as is next week. We can't rely on Shotley Bridge to slip up. We have got to win ourselves and not rely on anybody else."

Shotley Bridge are just seven points behind Swalwell and will fancy their chances at relegated Ponteland. Shotley know that the title race is out of their hands if Swalwell win their last two games, but they must be ready if they slip up and have to keep winning themselves.

Consett have Ian Atkinson coming in for Daniel Pyke when they entertain Ashington. Chairman Alan Waters said: "We achieved our tenth win of the season last Saturday. Ashington are our second from last game and are currently in the top three, but are not as strong as they have been during the season." Relegated Leadgate face Newcastle City, who are just below midtable.

Both teams will want to finish strongly in the league, particularly the home side, as they will need to start planning for next season.

Lintz welcome Percy Main, and fixture secretary Gary Christie said: "There will be several players unavailable, and Jonathan Foster will captain the first team. He has been the top run-scorer, so if he can continue his form hopefully we can get a competitive total."

Percy Main fixture secretary Andrew Cherry said: "We have avoided relegation which is a huge pressure off. James Stanistreet will be a real miss, as he's scored a few runs; however, Laurie Robson is a capable replacement with the bat."

Ryton host Lanchester and skipper David Howorth said: "We'll be looking to build for next season, put in a good performance and get a victory like we did last week."

Lanchester fixture secretary Bob Gardiner said: "We have had a good run in the league, and are currently up to fourth. We could still finish third, but we'll be looking to end the season as high as possible."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2017
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