SILKSWORTH Rangers have been hit with a devastating news that 19-year-old Andrew Baxter suffered a double fracture of the leg playing Sunday football, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Baxter is Silksworth’s second long term injury victim with Gary Tyzack still on the sidelines.
Silksworth chairman David Steele said: “Andrew has played all season, but, unfortunately, the projection is he will not play again for eight months.”
Rangers have also been rocked by Paul Muir’s decision to join Hebburn Reyrolle in the Northern Alliance.
Tonight, it’s bottom versus top when Rangers host Richmond Town. Steele added: “We are stranded at the bottom, but if there is a glimmer of hope it is that we didn’t concede a goal against them in the early-season fixture.”
Anthony Gamble, meanwhile, who played the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Boldon CA, could be in line for a starting place.
Peterlee Town have injury concerns for three players at home to Wolviston, but they welcome back midfielder Ryan Mather whose work commitments have kept him out for four months.
Striker Andy Place is also included, but Michael Noble, Farran Pope and Kris Johnson, who all limped out of Saturday’s match, will need fitness tests.
Sunderland West End have Liam Gettings and Gavin Dorwood back, but Lloyd Conlon is an absentee for the visit of Kirkbymoorside, who are without Paul Hodgson, Karl Richardson, Sarjo Cham, Jonny Brown and Chris Rhodes.
Boldon CA bring back captain Jack Lawton and Keith Davidson at home to Jarrow, while title hopefuls Willington look to regain winning ways when Darlington Cleveland Bridge visit Hall Lane.
Andrew Richardson and Gareth Ayres miss out for Willington, while doubts surround Chris Hardy and Stephen Howe.
Bridge, who meet Willington again in Saturday’s Monkwearmouth Cup semi, miss Marc Briggs, Lee Redpath and Darren Griffiths, but Andrew Richardson, Martin Stubbings, Scott Healey and John McKie return.
Prudhoe Town hope Kai Hewitson will be fit after injury to face visitors Annfield Plain.
Redcar Athletic’s fixture against Cleator Moor has been postponed because of ongoing problems with their recently installed floodlights. Club official Andrew McElvaney said: “We trained for two hours on Monday night but then, all of a sudden, they went off again.
“We are doing all we can to address the problem.”