07 Mar 2019 in News
By Andrew McDonnell
West Auckland Town vs Seaham Red Star
Competition: Northern League Division One
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Ground: The Wanted Stadium, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 9HU
Seaham Red Star travel to face West Auckland Town on Saturday afternoon and Manager Mark Collingwood believes it'll be a "good test" for the side.
West, who reached the Quarter-Finals of the FA Vase this season, currently sit 10th in the league table, but have only won one of their last five games in all competitions.
That result came on Wednesday evening when they won 4-1 away to Whickham, but the Star will be hoping to continue their fine run of form.
"There are no easy games in the Northern League," Collingwood said. "Penrith beat Bishop Auckland (last Saturday), which didn't surprisedme as there's no such thing as an easy game.
"We've got West Auckland this weekend and we're going down there with very little pressure on us now. We're going to go down there, we'll try our best and see how far we've come.
"West Auckland are a great side. They've got some great players and it'll be a good test. It's just another game for us, that's all it is."
The two sides drew 1-1 at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium, earlier in the season, as Amar Purewal cancelled out Lee Hetherington's early goal.
After a loss to Hebburn Town, the Star bounced back by running out convincing winners against North Shields last weekend.
Collingwood's side are one of the form teams in the league at the moment and the Seaham boss is wanting his team to continue performing to a high standard.
He added: "I want to see if we can do this week-in and week-out. We had a set-back against Hebburn, who, in years gone by, have been in a similar position to ourselves, but they're on the up.
"That's where we want to be. We want to be on the up. This time next year, we want to be competing and we want to be challenging for honours."