Northern League: Ryhope CW set sights on reaching cloud nine

Ryhope CW boss Gary Pearson
Ryhope CW boss Gary Pearson
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Ryhope CW aim to make it nine wins on the trot in Division Two for the perfect Christmas present.

The Wearsiders are second in the table ahead of travelling to Team Northumbria, where manager Gary Pearson will need to check on the fitness of club captain Phil Hall and Richard Hodgson before finalising his line-up.

Chester-le-Street boss Colin Wake reckons they are ahead of where they expected to be at this stage of the season.

He said: “Three points tomorrow would put us in a healthy position, going into the New Year and, with a near full pool of players available, I’m confident we can give Willington a run for their money.”

Easington Colliery are on the fringe of the promotion race and, at home to Heaton Stannington, miss injured pair James Parkinson and Liam Hodgson.

Recent signing Dan Martin is struggling for fitness, but Mark Robinson, who impressed on his debut in the cup win at Seaham Red Star, is pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

Leaders South Shields will parade new signing Danny Carson from Jarrow Roofing, when they line up against Alnwick Town at Mariners Park.

“We are going for a 20th successive win in all competitions and at least maintain a six-point lead,” said boss Jon King who names a strong squad, even though neither Lewis Galpin nor Lewis Teasdale can play.

Hebburn Town boss Scott Oliver hopes that tomorrow’s game at Brandon United goes ahead – to help prepare for the big South Tyneside derby at South Shields on Boxing Day.

Oliver said: “We owe Brandon one – they beat us at home at a time when we were decimated with injuries.”

Oliver is without the suspended Chris Smith and injured Ian Bickerstaff tomorrow.

Tow Law head to Billingham Town, while third-bottom Birtley Town will look to add to the woes of winless bottom club Stokesley SC, who only have one point on the board.

Crook Town face a difficult task at home to Darlington RA, who are fourth top and chasing promotion