You can escape the potential horrors awaiting you at Ikea, B + Q or some appalling plastic Paddy’s Day by getting a flannel across your face and stepping out into the bright, blue yonder of the North East’s non-league scene.

There are three good looking fixtures that have caught my eye and they are:

Blyth Spartans v Curzon Ashton at the magnificent Croft Park, for my money the best place in the North East to watch non-league football. Spartans compete in the National League North and currently sit sixth in the table. A decent run of fixtures and a win for the Green & Whites could push Northumberland’s finest up to fourth.

Always a great experience at Blyth.

In Northern League Division One, the pride of the East End, Newcastle Benfield take on Dunston from Gateshead in a cross-Tyne derby. The battle of the Blues kicks off at 3pm at Sam Smiths Park.

Down a division in Northern League Division Two, Jarrow play host to Whickham and I’ve no doubt that will be a decent contest. The game is at Perth Green and regulars will inform you there is only one team in Jarrow, though that may not strictly speaking be true given South Shields residence at Mariners Park (nee Filtrona).

Anyway, if you don’t fancy any of these three picks there is plenty of other games going on across the region and you can do a lot worse than get along to one. If you do go buy a pie, pint, cup of tea or bit of merch. Your money goes a long way at this level.

All the best.