Waterson fighting back by helping out lowly Silksworth

BATTLING BACK: Bowler Kieran Waterson will help out Silksworth as he fights for fitness.
BATTLING BACK: Bowler Kieran Waterson will help out Silksworth as he fights for fitness.
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SILKSWORTH hope to have Kieran Waterson available for the next few weeks – as the former Sunderland strike bowler tries to get in a few games to help his fitness after taking time out of the game because of a hip injury which will eventually require an operation.

Lowly Silksworth are hopeful that even a semi-fit Waterson will provide the boost necessary to lift them away from the bottom placings in Division Two.

In two other changes ahead of their clash with Bill Quay, Paul Bradford and Michael Underwood come in for Paul Howe and Paul Dixon.

Bill Quay are joint second, and they welcome Paul Bentham back to the first-team fold after his recent return from Australia.

He went out to watch the Ashes the series before last and did not come back! He has now returned, and with Kevin South missing for the next two weeks Bentham gets his opportunity to rekindle his Quay career.

Seaham Park enjoyed their best result of the season earlier this week when they thrashed Premier League side Willington by 107 runs in the Horner Cup, with the energy displayed by the team in the game put down to the presence of Stevie Harper.

Spokesman Mick McNicholas reckoned a few of the team were determined to display their athletic prowess to the Hull City and former Newcastle keeper, and he is hopeful they will transfer those energies into Saturday’s home derby against Ryhope, although worried one or two may have overdone things!

Skipper Dave Hanson hit a hal-century in that match, but he is working this weekend, and with James and Thomas Ferguson mysteriously forsaking the Park for a stag do in Barcelona, Seaham hope Harper will make his league debut at the same time as Steve McDonald, the former Burnmoor player, who also makes his debut after five years out of the game.

Intriguingly, McNicholas indicates there could be a third debutant if an expected signing comes off – all will be revealed on Saturday…or maybe not.

For Ryhope, things are a little more mundane with just one change as Chris Lawrence returns to the team.

Durham City’s promotion push should continue as they visit bottom club Peterlee with an unchanged and full-strength line-up.

Whiteleas go to Ushaw Moor, the team their overseas pro, Hamad Ul-Hassan, played for last season. Vice-captain Kris McShane misses this one due to work commitments, but Leas do have Andrew Potts and Rob Scorer returning.