FOLLOWING the six-goal rout by Coxhoe Atheltic, it’s all change at Silksworth Rangers, who prop up the Wearside League with just two wins and a draw from 16 games.
Changes have been made to both the administrative structure and the managerial arrangements.
David Steele has taken over as chairman with Peter Smith the new secretary. Donna McLean has also come on board with responsibility for attracting new sponsors and launching a lottery in January.
Steele explained: “Losing so heavily at Coxhoe was the last straw and something needed to be done. We are rock bottom and the only way is up but it won’t be easy.
“I quote Willington as an example of what we want to achieve. They were relegated from the Ebac Northern League and although it has taken them a bit of time, they are now going great guns and in a position to claim promotion.”
Keith Stafford has stepped down as manager but will still assist the club whenever possible.
Darren Crann, formerly Stafford’s number two, is now at the helm, with John McLean his assistant.
Steele has also brought in Mark McGinley to boost the management team and he will attempt to identify player targets.
Although he doesn’t take up his role until next week, McGinley has already signed from Dean Smith from Coxhoe Athletic and re-signed former Silksworth player Rob Hall.
“The three management personnel share the club’s view of restoring Silksworth to new levels and I’m, confident the trio will achieve our aim,” added Steele.
Rangers are without a fixture tonight but Ashbrooke Belford House will be in action at Silksworth against Kirkbymoorside.
Once again, manager Tommy Dobbing is forced into making changes although he will probably have been quite happy to name the side which won so convincingly at the weekend.
He said: “Paul Grainger and Lewis Hutchinson are injured while work commitments prevent Martin Deacon and Kyle Anderson from playing. Fortunately, I’ve got Kenny Taylor and Mark Egglestone back.”
Harton and Westoe are hopeful that Shaun Edwards, who has been out all season with a calf injury, may make the bench when leaders Richmond Town visit South Tyneside.
Sean Flood and Ben Cooper are added to the squad but Steven Telford cannot play.
Richmond will hand a debut to Bradley Woods and their chances of retaining pole position are enhanced with the inclusion of Kalumn Holbrook, Si Pinkney and Adam Taylor. Captain Jason Newall is sidelined with a knee injury.
Boldon CA are at home to Gateshead Leam Rangers still without Shaun Carroll, who sustained an ankle injury in a pre-season friendly.
David Hopper and Carl Evans are back while Leam Rangers name Mick Urwin in place of goalkeeper Ryan Docherty, who will miss the next few games with a thigh injury. Also out is Mark Rumbles.
Hartlepool could have a new signing in their squad and Johnny Bolton is also expected to play at Darlington Cleveland Bridge who replace Martyn Stubbings and Scott Healey with Brendan Lally and Anthony Campbell.
Prudhoe Town miss Johnny Hewitson and Kevin Edgar at home to third top Stockton Town, who welcome Sean Kell’s return. He has been on the injured list since mid-August.
Matty Hyson will also compete for a place in the starting line up but neither Andy Westwood nor Luke Whittaker can turn out.
Redcar Athletic face a race against time to stage their fixture with Annfield Plain. They are awaiting a safety certificate for their floodlights which have caused the postponement of recent midweek games.
Manager Nicky Ward is considering making changes following a disappointing sequence of results and has added Luke Woodhall, Adam Cheung and Dave Hick to his options.