Cumbria’s Northern League teams will hit the road this weekend for their first games of the new year.

In Division One, Penrith resume their campaign with a trip to Ashington.

Division Two, meanwhile, sees Carlisle City head to Durham City.

Chris Humphrey's Penrith return to action sitting bottom of the table but with games in hand on some rivals.

Opponents Ashington are seventh and their manager Ian Skinner admitted it is unusual not to have had fixtures over the festive period.

“We’ll not really know what effect it will have had on them until we play Penrith,” he said on the club website.

“Only then can we see if rest and recovery has done the squad the world of good or if it has led to the players losing match sharpness – so we’ll proceed with caution.”

Penrith were last in action on December 18 with a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland RCA.

Jim Nichols’ Carlisle City, meanwhile, sit 10th with games in hand as they get back to action.

They take on a Durham side at the foot of the table with just one point to their name from 23 games and a goal difference of -116. City claimed a record 16-1 home win over the north east outfit earlier in the campaign.

The Gillford Park club’s last league game was a 3-2 defeat at Boldon on December 18.