Whickham will welcome West Allotment Celtic to the First Mortgage Glebe, as Friday night football under the floodlights returns. WRITES ADAM TONES.
Whickham come into the game having had a two-week rest following last Saturday’s away fixture being called off due to bad weather.
The visitors come into the match off the back of a heavy 5-1 away defeat to Sunderland Ryhope last Saturday.
West Allotment have won two of their last six matches, conceding 15 goals in the process.
However, West have been capable of scoring goals, the visitors have notched an impressive 49 goals so far this season – ninth best in the division, beaten only by eight of the league’s top nine teams.
On the flip side the away team have not managed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 games a run stretching back to the beginning of November.
Whickham come into the game unbeaten at home under Tony Fawcett.
The Whickham boss took over the managerial reigns at the back end of October and has since made the Glebe a tough place for opposing teams to play.
Whickham have won eight and drawn one of Fawcett’s nine home games in charge of the club.
The Lang Jacks come into the match unbeaten in their last four league games, keeping three clean sheets in their last six fixtures.
Whickham will welcome back striker Jack Robson who has missed the clubs last four matches in all competitions.
David Below, Dom Agnew, James Anderson and Callum Elliott all return to the squad.
However, the home team will be without new signing Rhys Williams and defender Jack Moody for the game.
The last time the teams faced off against each other came back at the start of October.
The Lang Jacks winning 2-1 with ten men, thanks to goals from striker Zak Atkinson and midfielder Declan Bisset.
The teams sit two places and five points apart in the league, having both played 28 games.
Whickham on paper have the stronger defence, while West Allotment have found the net more times.
Something must give on Friday night which could lead to an end-to-end match as both teams are very capable of rippling the back of the net.
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