SILKSWORTH Rangers manager Mark McGinley has, according to chairman David Steele, worked overtime in the last few days to strengthen the squad ahead of tonight’s Wearside League local derby with Sunderland West End.
McGinley was very unhappy that a squad of 15 was reduced to only 12 players at the weekend and has vowed the situation will not happen again.
He has brought in Kyle Connolly, Brian Veitch, Johnny Glenwright and Nick Smith. The quartet are expected to be involved at some stage tonight.
Also available are James Hepinstall, Craig Peel, Michael McVay, Eoin Shannon, Michael Brunning, Anthony Gamble and Joe Clayton.
“I’m really impressed with what Mark has achieved since Saturday. His work rate deserves success and I’m sure we’ll soon see his efforts rewarded,” said Steele.
Fourth-top West End miss Brad Foster and Brid Thompson but otherwise boss Gary Gettings has a strong squad to chose from.
Following the disappointment of losing at the weekend, Peterlee Town travel to Darlington Cleveland Bridge where James Bamborough and Paul Griffiths, signed from Easington Colliery, could made their debuts.
Martin Hope, Farren Pope, David Newby and Calvin Magnus also come into contention but work commitment prevent Daniel Reeves from playing.
The Bridge includes Dave Vayro and Martyn Stubbings but Darren Griffiths and Luke Black are sidelined.
Easington Colliery cannot call upon midfielder Jack Honour but Alex Kempster and Kier McManus are back in the frame against Gateshead Leam Rangers who are looking to complete a third double of the season.
A blow is the news that Liam Barnett will not play again this season because of a groin injury and also out tonight are Anthony Thompson and captain Mark Rumbles. Liam Charlton and Anthony Falcon though are available.
Prudhoe Town are full a strength against Annfield Plain at Dewent Park and leaders Willington, aiming for a quick return to form after being beaten in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup Final on Saturday, have a doubt surrounding Gareth Ayres for the home fixture with Hartlepool.
Pools add newcomers Callum Sweeney, Ben Thompson and Keith Hutchinson to their pool and also available are Stephen Flounders, David Laight and Ross Blenkinsop but neither Adam Maughan nor Shane O’Brien can turn out.
Stockton Town are second and they go without Scott Meehan, Stephen Roberts and Adam Nicholson at home to Wolviston.
Third placed Richmond Town will have to make do without Chris Pattison and Simon Pinkney but Garreth Shardha resumes at Harton and Westoe.
Jarrow are fifth, in with a chance of finishing third and against Coxhoe Athletic at Perth Green have Ross Toward, Tony Chilton and Andy Wilkinson injured. In addition the availability of captain Kyle Pendergood is in doubt. Coxhoe name Stephen Parnaby, Brad Kane and John Cook to a full strength line-up.
Redcar Athletic have James Kesterston and Mark Taylor in their squad for the local derby against Seaton Carew who have signed the former Esh Winning player Shaun Ross who joins his bother Andy at the club.
Chris Lund, Sam Cook and James Parkinson could also play a part at some stage.