Easington target the joy of sixth

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EASINGTON Colliery have had an excellent week and aim to finish their season on a high by beating Jarrow tomorrow to consolidate a top-six place in the Wearside League.

On Monday, Paul Frame’s side defeated Ashbrooke Belford House to lift the Shipowners’ Cup and two days later they enjoyed a seven-goal league romp against Coxhoe Athletic.

“A win will guarantee us sixth place which would cap a great season,” enthused assistant manager Craig Parkinson, who reports that six players return for the final game.

Mason Burton, Michael Noble, Mark Swindle, Connor Walker, Scott Huntley and Dale Spence all come into contention at Jarrow’s Perth Green home.

At the bottom, the clash between Coxhoe Athletic and Leam Rangers will decide the destination of the wooden spoon.

Coxhoe are bottom, a point behind their rivals who also have a better goal difference. “It’s a really big game for both teams. We need a win to move off the basement, so the outcome is crucial,” said Coxhoe secretary Paul Charlton.

Leam are hit by the absence of captain and leading scorer Leon Kane and defender Jordan Stevens.

David Ridley is set for a comeback, though, and could be a ready replacement for Stevens.

Boldon CA, who have completed their campaign, have avoided the wooden spoon but will finish in the bottom two.

Prudhoe Town this week confirmed that they will resign from the league at the end of the campaign.

They bring in Andrew Clarkson and Craig Forster for their last game in the Wearside League at home to Hartlepool.

Redcar Athletic, who end third, will provide a guard of honour for champions Stockton Town when they meet at Green Lane.

Although defender Jamie Lee is hoping to be fit after suffering a chest muscle injury, he could find it difficult to displace Luke Woodall, who has been outstanding deputising in Lee’s absence.

Stockon, who visit Ryhope CW in next Friday’s Monkwearmouth Cup final, cannot call upon injured pair Tony Johnson and Luke Whittaker, while James Ward is playing cricket.

Daniel Lawson and Carlton McCabe come into the frame, but it’s uncertain whether top scorer Kallum Hannah and captain Stephen Robertson will be risked with the final in mind.

Ashbrooke Belford House delay announcing their squad for the visit of fourth-top Cleator Moor Celtic, while Sunderland West End travel to fifth-placed Richmond Town.

Season Carew are seventh, equal on points with Easington Colliery and they will go all out for maximum points at Annfield Plain in the hope that Easington slip up.

Annfield Plain are looking to extend their recent good form as manager Keith Sheardown anticipates his squad will be stronger next season.

Kallum Telfer, James Davies and Ross Nicholson are ruled out tomorrow, but Ben Miller and Malik Kalimba are set to play.