Troubled Second Division club Murton could be looking for a new ground again soon.

Murton were forced to look around for a new home during the summer after a huge hole appeared in their Welfare Park pitch, and they were eventually given permission to play their games at Peterlee.

But now the local council has told them that as the Eden Lane pitch is in poor condition because it's being used by three teams - a local Sunday side have second priority behind the Northern League team - then they must look elsewhere.

Northern League chairman Mike Amos said: "Murton have approached other Northern League clubs, but they can't be accommodated for various reasons.

"We've approached the Sunday League side concerned and asked them if they would consider moving somewhere else. Hopefully if that happens, Murton would still be able to play at Peterlee.

"It's one thing after another for Murton - they've had appalling luck."

Murton are at Northallerton in a league fixture today.

In the First Division, Billingham Synthonia's clash with Peterlee is postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Leaders Durham City are at home to West Auckland, who beat them in the FA Vase this season.

City, who beat Seaham 5-0 in midweek, are without midfielder Alan Pearson and defender Micky Vasey, but defender Glen Moan is added to the squad.

West could make changes to the team which lost at home to Brandon last week, but Steven Rogers and Dale Anderson are definitely missing, while keeper Andrew Sams has gone to Bedlington.

Guisborough Town, who have placed striker Micky Ward on the transfer list at his own request, will be without midfielder Garry Hinchley and defender Micky Driscoll at home to Chester-le-Street.

The visitors, who are fourth bottom, include new signings Paul Imeson from Seaham and Martin Bowes from Dunston.

Easington could climb out of the bottom three if they win at Jarrow Roofing, and they choose from a full squad. Midfielder Andy Allen has asked for a transfer.

Seaham Red Star, who are just above the relegation zone, recall five players, including former Sunderland striker David Rush, to their squad for the home game with Brandon, who are without suspended striker Andy Purvis and injured pair Andy Cunningham and Gary Clark.

In the second division, leaders Esh Winning are without Neil Emmerson for their game at Shildon, who have lost their last four matches.

Second-placed Willington have a flu doubt over Trevor Ball for their away game at Washington.

Last night's game between Hebburn and Whitley Bay was postponed.

l Sir Alex Ferguson is tipping Charlton to stay up ahead of Manchester United's trip to The Valley.

Charlton's last stint in the Premiership two seasons ago was a brief one and they went straight back down to the Nationwide League.

But Ferguson feels they are better equipped to survive in the top flight this time round.

He said: ''I think they will stay up. I think they're winning enough games at home.