Easington Colliery attempt to hold off challengers in the Wearside League

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EASINGTON Colliery’s first objective is to win the Wearside League but even if they finish second they will still qualify for promotion to the STL Northern League, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

With three other sides very much in contention for the title, the Colliers cannot afford to slip up and need to defeat Silksworth at Welfare Park tonight.

Manager Andy Colledge cannot call upon injured pair, midfielder Chris Tarn or left back Chris Hall while goalkeeper Joe Atherton is also unavailable.

Niki Lawson will be in goal and striker David Doughty is added to the squad but Anthony Ross will need a late check on his back injury.

Silksworth are minus Anthony Rogerson, Michael Renshaw, Ryan Mather and Richard Maughan and manager Steven Smith has doubts surrounding the fitness of Anthony Mustard and James Heppinstall.

Easington’s lead at the top of the table has been reduced to just three points by Ryhope CW, who host Houghton Town.

Recently, Ryhope withdrew their application for promotion and secretary Dougie Benison explained the reasons for the decision.

“We had no other choice since the ground doesn’t meet the STL Northern League criteria.

“We need separate changing accommodation for the match officials, a stand and hard standing around another three sides of the pitch.

“I’m confident all the work will be completed by next year when we will be going all out for promotion” said Benison.

Manager Martin Swales will miss the injured Neil Moan for the remainder of the season and also sidelined tonight are Greg Swansbury, Phil Hall and James Dunn.

Clayton Davis, Kenny Linton and Neil Johnson will all undergo fitness tests before kick off.

Ashbrooke Belford House visit Jarrow missing Martin Deacon, Glen Moan, Mark Green and Stephen Dickinson. Manager Tommy Dobbing is pleased therefore to be able to call upon David Scott and Peter Benson.

Jarrow are aiming to finish in the top four and their only absentee at Perth Green is Liam Poppleton.