Rangers aim for derby joy

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SILKSWORTH Rangers aim to go one better when they meet neighbours Ashbrooke Belford House in the Wearside League tonight.

Recently, Rangers lost by the odd goal in five but at one stage Ashbrooke led by three goals.

“We staged a storming fight back and just failed to take a point.

“I know there is a huge gap between the two teams but if we play tonight like we did in the first game, then we might manage at least a point,” claimed Silksworth chairman David Steele.

Although Rob Hall and Dean Smith cannot play, Rangers welcome back captain Dean Hannah, Liam Hodgson, Danny Fagen and Nick Milburn.

Ashbrooke manager Tommy Dobbing misses Martin Deacon and David Scott who are working and has injury concerns for Mark Egglestone and Paul Grainger.

Leaders Willington, who cannot finish lower then third, are aiming for the Championship before their anticipated promotion to the Ebac Northern League.

The Hall Lane side are in Cumbria for their fixture with fifth top Cleator Moor Celtic.

It’s uncertain whether Andrew Richardson and Stephen Howe will be able to make the journey but a definite absentee is goalkeeper David Moffat who is replaced by Andrew Stocks.

Two 18-year-olds Tom Iley and Aiden Goodey are added to the squad.

Second top Stockton, who trail Willington by seven points with a game in hand, face Hartlepool who have Shane O’Brien, Adam Ward and Jack Nixon all suspended.

Pools though are boosted by the inclusion of David Laight, Danny Maughan, Gary Rowbothom and David Thompson.

Richmond Town are the other side still in with a chance of pipping Willington at the post but they’ll need to defeat Jarrow to keep alive their slim hopes.

Richmond’s only absentee is Adam Taylor who will not play again this season because of a knee injury.

Jarrow have four players on the injured list with Kyle Pendergood, Peter Kirkham, Grant Pressling and Andy Wilkinson all sidelined. In addition, Nick Payne is unavailable.

Easington Colliery are hoping to finish above the top six but tonight face a difficult test against in-form Prudhoe Town even though the West Tyneside will be playing for the third time in five days.

The Colliers miss goalkeeper Graham Pickering because of work commitments and midfielder Mark Robinson will need to have his fitness assessed before kick-off. Prudhoe are unable to name Kevin Dixon and Gavin Lisle but despite their hectic end to the season programme will still field a strong line-up.

Seaton Carew are not so fortunate at home to Gateshead Leam Rangers. They only had 12 available players at the weekend and two made their debuts. The position could be just as difficult tonight while Leam miss strikers Nikki Langston and Anthony Thompson.