Pearson and McCain boost West End

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FOLLOWING their splendid victory over Championship challengers Willington, Sunderland West End could close the gap on third-top Richmond Town to just two points if they defeat Easington Colliery at Leyburn Grove, Houghton.

Manager Gary Gettings welcomes the return of Chris Pearson and George McCain especially as neither Lloyd Conlon nor Michael McCabe can play.

Easington go without midfielder Alex Kempster and another midfield player Jack Honour is given a 50-50 chance of passing a fitness test.

Peterlee Town have re-signed Andrew Morris from Durham Alliance club Hylton CW and he goes straight into the squad at home to leaders Stockton Town.

Brett Gillat, Michael Noble, Spencer Shevlin and Danny Newby come into contention but work commitments keep out strikers Kelvin Magnus and Andrew Place.

In addition, Liam Frame and Mark Stephenson will need their fitness assessed shortly before kick-off.

Joe Clayton, signed from Peterlee Town, is named in the Silksworth Ranger’s squad for the visit of Cleator Moor Celtic.

He’s expected to make his debut since regular goalkeeper Adam Don is an absentee.

Another newcomer is Nigerian university student Mnu Maglari who made his debut at the weekend.

Michael McVay, who has played in the Ebac Northern League, has also signed for the Wearsiders and manager Mark Finley welcomes the inclusion of Michael Renshaw.

Jarrow travel to Redcar Athletic without the injured Tony Chilton but Andrew Wilkinson resumes.

Boldon CA delay announcing their line-up against in-form Richmond Town whose only doubt is Chris Pattison. Although defender Simon Pinkney is available he could struggle to make the starting line-up since Richmond have won their last two games scoring 16 goals.

Harton and Westoe have signed Jon Armstrong from Northern Alliance team Hebburn and he could feature in the home fixture with Willington. Central defender David Myers also comes into the frame.

Newcomer Danny Chapman is hoping to play his first game for Darlington Cleveland Bridge when Kirkbymoorside are visitors. Michael Carter is named but the Bridge are still without Darren Pearson.