Cox and Stead back in contention

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FOLLOWING their blistering performance in midweek when they hit Boldon CA for 10, Ryhope CW are bang on course to emulate last season’s magnificent performance, when they won the Wearside League championship and the three domestic cup competitions.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game at Kirkbymoorside, Martin Swales’ side enjoy a one-point lead over Redcar Athletic.

They also have a game in hand on their only rivals for the title and a significantly better goal difference.

Although Swales has doubts surrounding injured pair Nathan Johnson and Dean Arkley, Liam Cox and Ross Stead come into contention.

The Yorkshiremen have slipped to third from bottom but their chances of causing an upset are enhanced with the availability of a full-strength squad.

Second-placed Redcar Athletic host Ashbrooke Belford House and manager Roy Hunter is pleased that Greg Booth made a successful return from injury last weekend.

He is again named, but Richie Playforth and Greg Boughey are doubtful.

Ashbrooke manager Tommy Dobbing misses Mark Green and Jake Moan but Jack Lilley and Neil Moan are back as the Wearsiders aim to continue their climb into the middle of the table.

Jarrow and Stockton Town meet in a top-four clash at Perth Green.

Both sides have played 28 games with Stockton three points ahead of tomorrow’s hosts.

Jarrow cannot name Lee Brand who completes a three-game suspension and have injury doubts surrounding Graham Matthewson, Grant Pressling and Ryan Burton.

Coxhoe Atheltic are bottom before the visit of Wolviston and although Billy Snaith and Mark Watson resume, Craig Ferguson and Robert Tones cannot play. Wolviston are weakened by the absence of Luke Bennington and Ian Danby.

Silksworth Rangers are just above Coxhoe and they play their penultimate home game with Boldon CA providing the opposition.

Rangers have Anton Crann, James Gilhespy, Neil Jones, David Robinson and captain Dean Hannah returning. Adam Don will again deputise for goalkeeper John McLean.

Peterlee Town are weakened since captain Ian Redman, Stephen Hubery and Phil Hickman cannot make the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Luke Page, Connor Walker and Liam Frame travel and so too do newcomers David Laight, re-signed from Easington Colliery, and Liam Dunn, who has moved in from Sunderland RCA.

Hartlepool are at Gateshead Leam Rangers and name newcomer Sean Jenny along with the returning Liam Robson and Danny Rowbotham. A blow for the Tynesiders is the news that leading scorer Liam Barnett could miss the remaining games.

Prudhoe Town may hand a debut to Malik Kalimba at home to Darlington Cleveland Bridge who are without Martyn Stubbings, Will Kelly and Michael Thraves.

For their game against Willington at Hall Lane, Annfield Plain have injury concerns for Warren Brown, Alan Robinson and Craig Downey.

The home side welcome the inclusion of Andrew Richardson but John Richardson will need a late fitness check on his back injury. Paul Bailes is suspended and a groin strain rules out Alan Blenkinsop.