Northern League: Davis ready to keep up impetus in Ryhope’s promotion challenge

Ryhope CW striker Conor Winter (red/white) battles against Hebburn Town last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
Ryhope CW striker Conor Winter (red/white) battles against Hebburn Town last week. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Ryhope CW will be looking to make it eight wins on the bounce at the expense of bottom-of-the-table Stokesley SC in Division Two.

Gary Pearson’s side have conceded only five points in the last 12 matches to move into third position, only two points behind Chester le Street and six adrift of leaders South Shields.

Josh Home Jackson has completed a ban and is named alongside Ryhope’s recent signing from Bishop Auckland, Kyle Davis.

Ryhope were given a great game by Stokesley in their home match early in the season, twice trailing in a close-fought clash before prevailing 4-3.

Stokesley will hope to push the Wearsiders as hard again.

Chester-le-Street entertain Whickham at Chester Moor Park and the only absentee from Colin Wake’s squad is Matthew Smith, who is troubled with a knee injury.

South Shields will take a big following to Billingham Town, where they will aim to stretch a phenomenal winning sequence to 19 games.

Manager Jon King is keeping his fingers crossed that former Sunderland favourite Julio Arca will be able to play. The Argentinian has had treatment for a dead leg this week.

A big blow for the Mariners is the news that Lewis Galpin has broken his leg in training and will be on the sidelines for several months. Lewis Teasdale (hand) is a doubt.

Ex-Seaham Red Star U18s starlet Adam Curry, meanwhile, has joined Hull City on a two-year contract. “It’s not good for us but great for the lad and I wish him well,” said King.

Easington Colliery are on the fringe of the promotion race and, away to Crook Town, they include Dan Martin, signed from Wearside Leaguers Sunderland West End.

Luke Page comes in after being out for a month with an ankle injury, but Liam Gill, Dan Reeves and Jordan Thompson have work commitments.

Elsewhere, Tow Law head to Darlington RA, Birtley Town visit Hebburn and Esh Winning entertain Alnwick.