Northern League: Gordon back to bolster Ryhope CW for Darlington RA trip

Washington's Mark Davison looks to create an opening in last week's win over West Allotment Celtic

Washington's Mark Davison looks to create an opening in last week's win over West Allotment Celtic

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Ryhope CW will attempt to keep the pressure on Second Division leaders South Shields by winning at Darlington RA tomorrow.

Boss Gary Pearson is pleased to have David Gordon in contention for the Wearsiders.

Damien Stevens, though, is banned and also sidelined are Chris Trewick and Phil Hall.

South Shields should be too strong for Brandon United at Mariners Park and Billingham Synthonia, who moved into third place last week, start favourites at Alnwick Town, especially with Mattie Osmond and Jamie Barton back in the squad.

Chester-le-Street are fourth, going into their fixture against Esh Winning at Waterhouses. Manager Colin Wake’s only absentees are Jake Stafford (suspended) and Aiden Ames (injured).

Easington Colliery host bottom-of-the-table Stokesley SC minus Jack Devlin (work), Dan Martin, Mark Robinson, Nick Doyle and James Parkinson, who are injured.

Matthew Morris, signed from Valencia Under-18s, is back home after living abroad for 12 years and is almost certain to feature at some stage.

Shane O’Brien, Brett Gillatt, Jordan Thompson and Joe Kerridge are also pressing for places in the starting line-up.

Crook Town host Willington in their derby at the Millfield ground tonight (7.30pm kick-off).