Northern League: Injuries hitting hard for neighbours Ryhope CW and Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA striker Callum Hassan (red) fights for the ball against Dunston UTS in last week's clash at Meadow Park. Picture by Kevin Brady
Sunderland RCA striker Callum Hassan (red) fights for the ball against Dunston UTS in last week's clash at Meadow Park. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Ryhope CW will look to end a miserable run by securing a first home win of the season tomorrow.

After a winless five-game run, with 20 goals conceded, Gary Pearson’s injury-hit Ryhope are at home to bottom club West Allotment Celtic.

Sixth-bottom Ryhope have been devastated by injuries, though, with Ryan Graham, Jonathan Ball, Leon Ryan, Richard Paxton, Thomas Bott, Chris Trewick, David Gordon, Stephen Francis and James Ellis all doubts for the game.

There will be a number of late fitness tests, but Elliott Woods, Harvey Saunders and Matthew Stephenson are definitely ruled out.

Sunderland RCA, facing a difficult trip to Newton Aycliffe, continue to have serious injury problems.

No fewer than 10 players are currently receiving treatment, but there is light at the end of the tunnel with the return of Stephen Callen and Liam McBryde.

Boss Martin Swales still misses Michael Charlton, Clayton Davis, Kevin Gordon, James Cassidy, James Armstrong, Neal Bussey and Kieran Graham.

The management team have been busy on the transfer front to bring in Keiron Martin and Adam McGuinness, and there could be more signings ahead of kick-off.

To add to the club’s woes, Reece Noble has handed in a transfer request, although he will still be involved with the squad.

Seaham Red Star are at home to Shildon and will be without Denver Morris who has rejoined North Shields after his loan period ended following Tuesday’s cup tie at Dunston.

Luke Proctor is still out with an ankle ligament injury and Nicky Kane will be subject to a pre-match fitness test, but Paul Gardiner returns after missing last week’s defeat at Newcastle Benfield.

Secretary Dave Copeland said: “Following our recent eight-match unbeaten run, running with a small squad has caught up with us and a number of players have played a lot of games over the last five weeks.”

“With further fixtures running at two a week for the next four weeks, the management team know we need to bring players in, but will only bring players in that will improve the squad.”

Neil Hixon’s Washington, who welcome Newcastle Benfield to Nissan, are desperate for a win as they are second bottom and, with only seven points from 12 games, they need to start putting a run together.

Chester-le-Street travel to Consett and will have David Latham and Mark Peck missing through injury, but they welcome back Craig Marron and Matthew Smith to the squad.

West Auckland will look for a second successive league win in a six-pointer at fellow strugglers Guisborough.

Morpeth Town will provide another big test for second-top South Shields, who won impressively at Shildon on Wednesday.

Shields are without Louis Storey (broken leg), while Stephen Ramsey and Danny Carson are doubts against a Morpeth side fresh from hitting seven goals in midweek. Dillon Morse is suspended.

Jarrow Roofing host leaders North Shields at Boldon.

Manager Richie McLoughlin said: ”We are trying to make our team hard to beat, and only time will tell as to whether we’re getting it right.

“After the match with North Shields and next week’s FA Vase clash at Atherton Collieries, I believe we will finally start to get a good idea of where this team is at.”

Alex White, Shaun Vipond, Kris Hughes and Kerry Hedley are all struggling for fitness and will face late tests.

Dunston UTS, away to Ashington, will be without Dan Smith and Michael Pearson, who sustained injuries in midweek.

Dale Burrell is still on holiday, however Matty Fisher, Oli Leedham, James Luccock and Richie Slaughter all return. Ashington await fitness reports from Craig Scott, Paul Antony and Andrew Bulford.

Whitley Bay hope that Alex Kempster, Josh Nearney and Ryan Keltie will be able to play at Marske United.