Dorwood returns for West End

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SUNDERLAND West End have the chance to go fourth top in the Wearside League when they line up against Hartlepool tonight, writes Malcolm Pratt.

The Wearsiders are just two points behind Jarrow, who are without a game, and they also have three games in hand on the South Tynesiders.

A boost to their chances is the return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines of Gavin Dorwood.

Lloyd Conlon is also available, but neither captain Andrew Gartland nor Chris Curtis can play.

Although Hartlepool have resolved their financial problems, they are struggling for players.

Silksworth face a mammoth task at home to leaders Stockton Town even though they have a full squad available.

Peterlee Town are without four strikers for the visit of Seaton Carew. Injuries sideline Paul Taylor and Andy Place while work commitments prevent Dale Spence and James Parkinson from turning out.

Callum Mordey, who made his debut at the weekend, is looking for a place in the starting line up.

Seaton Carew, disappointed that their fixture on Saturday was postponed, name an unchanged pool of players.

Easington Colliery go to Harton and Westoe minus Paul Griffiths and Martin Fowler. Harton are pleased that midfielder Steven Graham has returned following a spell with South Shields. Sean Fraser is also back and available.

Sean Flood is also in the reckoning and so too is Shaun Edwards.

Gateshead Leam Rangers are without skipper Mark Rumbles and Adam Thompson at Darlington Cleveland Bridge who have signed Ryan Leslie and Jamie Russell.

Injuries keep out Mike Carter, Dave Vayro and Martyn Stubbings while Anth Campbell, Bendan Lalley and Ben Griffin are other absentees.

Willington, who suffered a rare defeat on Saturday, have Adam Sakr free from suspension, but it’s very unlikely that Michael Weston will have recovered from the hamstring injury which caused him to be substituted against Jarrow.