Seaham Red Star manager Chris McCabe (Photo: Seaham Red Star FC)

Seaham Red Star joint-manager Chris McCabe says he is looking for a “positive reaction” in Tuesday’s League Cup 3rd round clash at home to Division 2 side Easington Colliery.

McCabe’s side beat Division 2 side Darlington Railway Athletic 4-0 in the previous round back in November, and they’ve only played five competitive games since then due to a series of postponements.

Red Star’s form has been mixed during that time, with just one win, which came in their final game of 2017 as they beat Washington 4-1. The other four games saw three losses, with the most recent being a 2-0 defeat at home to Penrith on January 6.

Without a game last weekend, they faced Wearside League side Redcar Athletic in a friendly on January 10 and fell to a shock 2-1 defeat.

On their recent form McCabe said: “Its been a frustrating few weeks for us and results haven’t been good.

“What we are asking from the players is consistency. Can they perform and produce results week in week out? At the moment the answer is no.

“Yes we’ve had injuries, yes we’ve had suspensions and yes we’ve had players unavailable due to work commitments, but that’s when a team pulls together and grinds out results.

“It’s time now that we as a group all pull together and start performing and not let all our hard work at the beginning of the season go to waste.”

Seaham currently sit 12th in the Northern League Division 1 table, and McCabe was particularly disappointed with the 2-0 defeat against Penrith.

“After last Saturday’s disappointing result against Penrith we sat the players down and some home truths were said which I thought needed to be done,” McCabe said.

“Since then we’ve had a couple of good training sessions which the lads have been working really hard in.”

Tomorrow’s opponents have been fairly inconsistent lately as well, and currently occupy 13th position in Division 2.

Easington have picked up two wins from their last five games, as well as a victory on penalties over Whickham in the second round of the Durham Challenge Cup. However, they suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Jarrow in the league on Saturday.

On tomorrow’s game McCabe said: “Tomorrow’s game is a welcome break from the league.

“We anticipate a tough game against Easington, who I’ve watched a lot of this season and they are a really good side.

“I’m looking forward to the game as are the players. We need a positive reaction from last Saturday to kick start our season again.”

Nicholas Kane (back) and Craig Lynch (cruciate) are the only absentees for Seaham tomorrow.

The game kicks off at 7:45pm at the Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium.