FOLLOWING the disappointment of losing to rivals Ashbrook Belford House in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup at the weekend, Ryhope CW are anxious to regain form immediately at the expense of tonight’s Wearside League game at home to Seaton Carew.
Manager Garry Errington has signed Brian Norton and Ryan Graham and the pair are added to the squad which also includes James Dunn.
Neil Bussy and Clayton Davis are injured and work commitments sideline Nikki Lawson. Richard Jordan, meanwhile, will need his fitness assessed before Errington selects his line-up.
A point tonight will take Ryhope back to the top of the table but they could find it tricky against Seaton Carew whose form has been inconsistent.
The Seasiders were extremely lucky to defeat bottom of the table Coxhoe Athletic in their last game but have performed well against some of the better sides.
Goalkeeper Gary Fleetham returns after being rested at the weekend when youngster Bailey Haggan was handed is debut.
Ashley Clark and Matty Kelsey are confident they will have recovered full fitness and take their place in the squad.
H South Shields held high-fliers West Auckland Town for 74 minutes before conceding four times in last night’s Durham Challenge Cup Second Round tie at Peterlee.
West, who have lost only one of 25 Ebac Northern League First Division games, were unable to un lock the Mariners’ defence until the former Barnsley player Dennis Knight, a second-half substitute, followed in a rebound.
From then on, the Shieldsmen wilted and their hopes ended as Knight bagged another two goals to complete a hat-trick. In the final minute Warren Byrne added a fourth goal.
Heaton Stannington came from behind to defeat Brandon United in the Second Round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
The Tynesiders were rocked when Kieran Weekes delivered a tremendous shot from 30 yards on four minutes which gave home goalkeeper Shaun Backhouse no chance of saving.
It took Heaton until the 60th minute for Paul Blakey to head in the equaliser and just before the end Brandon’s hopes of a giant-killing act ended as debutant Nathan Sopp beat goalkeeper Chris Sawyer for the winner.
Spennymoor Town’s Durham Challenge Cup tie at home to Durham City was postponed for a second time and Bishop Auckland’s ENL First Division fixture with Marske United at Heritage Park was also called off.
H Tonight, Shildon have the chance to open up a clear lead at the top of the First Division when they host Guisborough Town, who remain sixth despite suffering a last-minute defeat at the weekend.
Mid-table Newton Aycliffe travel to Crook Town, who are comfortably placed eighth from bottom during their first season in the top flight.
In Division Two, Esh Winning and Norton and Stockton Ancients need points for different reasons when they meet at Waterhouses.
Esh are second-bottom, just a couple of points ahead of Ryton and Crawcrook Albion while Norton are in the top six looking to maintain their challenge for one of the three promotion places.
Willington entertain Darlington RA at Hall Lane in the second round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
Goalkeeper David Moffat is doubtful with a groin strain and a knee injury could sideline Steven Howe.