Crunch night for Ryhope CW in the Wearside League championship race

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TONIGHT’S clash of the top two, Ryhope CW and Easington Colliery, will have a big bearing on the destination of the Wearside League championship, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Ryhope are only six points behind their rivals with a game in hand, although the Colliers boast a significantly better goal difference.

John Butler, Chris McCabe and Paul Taylor return for the hosts, but Jordan Thompson, Michael McVay and Neil Atkinson are definite absentees.

Boss Martin Swales must check on the fitness of Greg Swansbury, Neil Moan, Clayton Davis, Nathan Johnson and Lloyd Conlon.

Easington, beaten by Darlington Cleveland Bridge on Saturday, miss Joe Atherton, so Niki Lawson again deputises in goal. Manager Andy Colledge could miss Chris Tarn for a couple of games.

Ashbrooke Belford House, away to Willington, miss Kenny Taylor, Martin Deacon, Glen Moan and Mark Green. Jonathon Staff is out for the hosts, who await news on the availability of Danny Lee and Paul Thorns.

Silksworth boss Steven Smith hopes his side can reach 30 points before they call it a day at the end of the season.

But goalkeeper Anthony Mustard, Michael Renshaw and Andrew Bowes miss out at home to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Spectators are being offered free admission. Instead, a collection will be made for Help The Heroes.

Boldon CA meet third-top Cleveland Bridge, while Coxhoe Athletic have Paul Skipper, Barry Moses and Philip Bulmer returning against Wolviston.