Durham Challenge Cup Final - Gateshead Reserves v Spennymoor Town - Good Friday 10:45am

05/04/2012, by Jeff Bowron

James MarwoodGateshead Reserves will have 11 non-professionals in their 16 to face Spennymoor Town in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup on Good Friday at the Hetton Centre (kick-off 10:45am).

A young Heed squad will have a sprinkling of experience in the form of goalkeeper Tim Deasy, defender Chris Carruthers, and wide men Chris Moore, James Marwood and Martin Brittain.

Marwood, who has recovered from a groin strain, will lead the side having scored the first goal in last year's 2-0 DCC final win over Dunston UTS at the Hetton Centre.

Teenager Jordan Marshall, originally with Darlington, will lead the attack as Gateshead reserves bid to retain the trophy.

Northern League champions Spennymoor last won the Durham Challenge Cup in 1998 when the club was Spennymoor United.

The Moors are currently second in the table and in a four way fight for the title with Sunderland RCA, West Auckland and Dunston UTS - the two Vase finalists both having played fewer games.

Town, who have a number of former Heed players in their ranks, have won two and lost two of their last four games, the defeats coming at Consett and Jarrow Roofing.

"It is great to be back in the final again," said Gateshead reserves boss Paul Bryson "though it comes at the start of a hectic three games in four days for the club.

"That, and the large number of injuries and suspensions, has limited the amount of players we have available to face the Moors.

"It will be an invaluable experience for all the young lads we have in the 16, and there should be a decent crowd at the Hetton Centre.

"We are looking forward to the game and will be doing all we can to retain the Durham Challenge Cup."

In the Conference Gateshead face a double header over Easter with Barrow on Tyneside on Saturday followed by a trip to Grimsby Town on Monday.

With six of the squad injured or suspended and a 7th, Yemi Odubade, not yet match fit after a long lay-off, resources are stretched.

The Gateshead reserves side to face Spennymoor Town on Good Friday will be:

Gateshead Res: Deasy, Doyle, Carruthers, Mole, Gilbert, Lynch, Evans, Marwood, Brittain, Marshall, Moore
Subs: Sharpe (gk), Brown, Short, Luke


James Marwood

James Marwood in action against Dunston during last seasons cup final.