Ashbrooke hope to get their stop-start season on the road

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ASHBROOKE Belford House hope to kick-start their Wearside League campaign tonight, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The majority of sides have played four games, but Belford have managed just a couple after two postponements at their Silksworth ground.

Tonight, they are confident of staging the fixture against Cumbrians Cleator Moor Celtic and manager Tommy Dobbing expects to field a strong line-up.

Although Paul Robertson and Lewis Hutchinson are sidelined, Kyle Anderson and David Scott should be joined by newcomers Lee Scott and Paul Granger.

Sunderland West End visit Harton and Westoe, who have chalked up three consecutive victories to move into fourth place.

The Wearsiders have Stephen Bogie back from suspension, while the hosts miss Martin Nugent (work commitments). David Myers, Tony Curnow and Liam Clark all come into the reckoning.

Easington Colliery hope to claim their first points of the campaign at Stockton Town, who boast a 100 per cent record, and their chances are enhanced by the inclusion of goalkeeper Mattie Barron and Johnny Monaghan.

Jarrow have soared to the top of the table with four wins out of four and an 11-1 goal difference, but chairman Jimmy Kane is not getting carried away, stressing that it will be a long, hard season.

Tonight, Jarrow must make several changes at Leam Rangers.

Ross Toward, Liam Bayles, Lee Brand, Chris Goss, Kyle Pendergood and Mark English definitely miss out, but Ryan Burton and Paul Terrell can play.

Silksworth Rangers, with three points from a possible 12, visit Darlington Cleveland Bridge, who have Jack Johns and Gavin Wilson replacing injured pair John Clegg and Ben Griffin.

Boldon CA, away to Peterlee Town (7.30pm), hope to have David Hopper free from the injury he sustained in the first game of the season, but Chris Hamill will need a late check on is fitness.

Willington will aim to make it five consecutive victories at home to Coxhoe Athletic, who miss Dan Petts.