Boldon CA manager David Crumbie is preparing his in-form side for a “difficult test” when they host Annfield Plain on Saturday.

Boldon CA.
Boldon CA.

Last weekend’s South Tyneside derby win at Hebburn Town Reserves extended Boldon’s run of form just one defeat in their six games since the turn of the year.

That has taken them into the top eight of the table and confidence is high ahead of their meeting with an unpredictable Annfield side. And Crumbie is adamant that his side won’t have things their own way when Mattie Thompson’s men visit South Tyneside.

He said: “We are looking forward to the game because we have been in decent form since Christmas.

“[Annfield] are a strong team and they always make games hard. They have Kai Hewitson, who is quality up top, and Carlos Malpass is a player I have liked for a while.

“But we know if we stick to our game plan and work hard, we have a chance of getting three points.”

Crumbie confirmed that Adam Bell is still unavailable, and Gavin Strong is a doubt with a knee injury. However, there was some good news as Daniel Nolan and Kyle Oxley return to contention.

Good news is in short supply at Hebburn Town Reserves as they look to bounce back from their derby defeat against Boldon.

The Hornets entertain an improving Silksworth CW side on Saturday – but manager Brian Johnson has up to eight players ruled out with injuries with Harry Munday, Dylan Nesbitt and Josh Houghton expected to miss out.