McManus set for his debut

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EASINGTON Colliery, who have slipped to third bottom in the Wearside League, could hand a debut to young striker Kier McManus in tonight’s game against Jarrow at Welfare Park.

Defenders Rhys Williams and Robbie Renwick are set to return as the Colliers aim to move away from near the basement.

Fifth top Jarrow line up Lee Smith, who impressed when he played his first game at the weekend.

Chris McDonald is added to the squad but injuries rule out Paul Pendergood and Paul Trosh.

Ashbrooke Belford House are looking for at least a top six finish and they will be tested against leaders Willington at Hall Lane.

Manager Tommy Dobbing reports that Adam Drayton, Michael Melmore and Kyle Anderson come into his plans but work commitments prevent Martin Deacon from playing.

Willington’s lead at the top was reduced to seven points when they were held to a draw on Monday but a boost to their chances is the availability of Shaun Brown who has completed a suspension.

It’s uncertain though whether Stephen Howe, Gareth Ayres and Andrew Richardson will be able to play.

Silksworth Rangers have no fewer than six player back at home to Wolviston with Adam French, Michael McVay, Johnny Glenwright, Ryan Veitch, Kyle Connolly and Mark Dodds coming into the squad. Rangers will be attempting to complete a double, having defeated Wolviston 2-1 on the opening day of the season.

Despite losing on Monday, Sunderland West End are fourth going into their home fixture with Redcar Athletic.

Captain Andrew Gartland, Jamie Fryett and Adam McQuillan definitely resume and Stephen Lax may also be available.

Redcar will arrive with a full squad including Adam Cheung and Billing Millington.

Coxhoe Athletic are buoyant following the win over Sunderland West End and at home to high-flyers Richmond Town welcome back Gareth Hamblin and Ross Hodgson.

Neil Charlton and Chris Baxter, however, are sidelined and doubts surround Kyle Scott and John Cook.

Third top Richmond, in with a chance of clinching the Championship, cannot name the injured Scott Ryan while Si Pinkney is also struggling. Liam Darville is almost certain to start the game.

Hartlepool bring in four players from their under-21 squad for the fixture at Kirkbymoorside.

Danny Sinclair, Joe Johnson, Liam Imray and Alex Jones are expected to play a part at some stage especially as Callum Sweeney, Liam Lewis, Russ Blenkinsop and Shane O’Brien are definite absentees.

Gateshead Leam Rangers are minus Andy Hebron and Mark Rumbles but hope to have Anthony Thompson in their side at home to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge are much stronger against Annfield Plain at Derwent Park with Marc Higgins, Michael Hillary, Darren Pearson and Ryan Leslie all making the journey. There are doubts though for Michael Carter, Jorden Steel and Nev Fuller.