Luke Gilhespy (Photo: Bishop Auckland FC)

Seaham Red Star have signed Bishop Auckland defender Luke Gilhespy ahead of their Northern League clash at home to Newcastle Benfield tomorrow.

The centre-half has had two spells at Bishop, winning the Durham Challenge Cup with them in his first spell. He’s also featured for Dunston UTS and Chester-Le-Street previously.

Seaham joint-manager Chris McCabe said about his new addition: “I’m really happy with the addition of Luke. He’s a player I’ve tried to sign a couple of times in the past.

“Luke will be a great addition for us, a very good experienced defender who will help push some of our younger members of the squad on.”

Gilhespy is expected to feature tomorrow in place of the suspended David Scorer.

The Star will be boosted by the return of top scorer Liam McBryde after over a month out injured, and Ash Davis, who returned in the 1-0 defeat at Guisborough two weeks ago, is set to feature again.

Wingers Nicholas Kane and Lee Hetherington returned to training this week but the game comes too soon for the duo, while long-term absentee Craig Lynch remains on the sidelines.

“It’s been a frustrating time lately with the amount of injuries we’ve had so it’s great to see some players on their way back.” said McCabe

The game is Seaham’s first in two weeks as last week’s game at Shildon was postponed due to snow.

Tomorrow will be Newcastle Benfield’s third game in a week. Last Saturday they progressed to the fourth round of the FA Vase with a 3-1 win over North Shields, and on Wednesday they beat Team Northumbria 6-5 on penalties to book their place in the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

Cup action has meant that Benfield haven’t played a league game since 21 November when they lost 2-1 to Ryhope CW. As a result, they sit 15th in the Northern League Division 1 table with three games in hand on Seaham.

Seaham sit in 11th place and are without a league win since 4 November.

McCabe said of tomorrow’s fixture: “We are really looking forward to Saturday’s game and hopefully we can start putting some points back on the board.”

The game kicks off at 3pm tomorrow at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium, with entry £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.