Easington suffered last-minute heartbreak in their last outing.

Easington Colliery travel to Durham City on Saturday afternoon with the Colliers still searching for only their second win of 2017.

The Colliers now sit eighth in Northern League Division 2 while Durham City are eight points ahead in fifth.

Manager Paul Frame is desperate for his side to get back to winning ways.

He said: “It’s almost like I’m repeating myself every week at the minute. Nothing is going our way and the performances aren’t good enough.

“We could and should have had a point against Bedlington last week but their last minute winner was a real sucker-punch.”

Easington have lost the services of striker Joe Kerridge in the past week and Frame is looking for his other strikers to step up.

“We have plenty of strikers available. We’ll be looking for Jack (Pounder), Nath (Renton), Busta (David Paul), Liam (Adamson) and Bryan (Norton) to all get back amongst the goals. Joe will be a big miss but we have the players to fill his boots.”

The Green Army are out of the promotion race now but Frame still has aims for the remainder of the season.

“What we need to do now is qualify for the FA Cup. The FA Cup brings good income into clubs at this level and is something different to a league game.”

Easington drew with Durham in December, a game which was at the start of the Colliers’ rotten run.

“We know Durham are a good side. They have a lot of good young fit lads and they’re used to playing on their 3G pitch,” said Frame.

“It’s a big pitch at Consett but hopefully we’ll be better prepared than we were when we played there in January.”

Durham City play their home games at Consett’s Belle View and kick-off on Saturday afternoon is at 15:00.