Rangers showing Steele in defence

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AFTER conceding 23 goals in their first seven games, Silksworth Rangers aim to keep a third consecutive clean sheet when they visit Seaton Carew tomorrow in the Wearside League.

“There has been a remarkable transformation in the last couple of games and we are hopeful of maintaining the improvement especially as we have captain Dean Hannah, Michael Renshaw, Michael Curtis, Johnny Thompson and Leon Symonds in the squad,” enthused secretary David Steele.

Rangers’ Wearside neighbours Sunderland West End surprisingly leaked three goals in their midweek fixture and will be looking to improve at home to Harton and Westoe.

Their chances are boosted with the inclusion of Lee Smith and Michael Wharton in the starting line up. Harton are fourth during their first season back in the competition but they miss Dean Black, Ben Cooper, Shaun Edwards and Michael Nugent. The South Tynesiders are hoping that Danny Symington will have recovered from injury.

Peterlee Town’s recent winning sequence was ended on Wednesday and they face another stern challenge at Redcar Athletic.

The Newtowners anticipate Martin Hope, Craig McManus and Anth Rogerson playing but a doubt surrounds the fitness of Karl Adams.

The Seasiders will hand a home debut to Mitchell Morris, signed from Marske United, but manager Nick Ward has selection worries with Dale Mendum, Steve Thompson and Jamie Lee definite absentees.

In addition Craig Skelton, Mark Taylor and Liam Wood are all given only a 50-50 chance of playing.

Coxhoe Athletic go without Neil Charlton and Stephen Parnaby but Owen Smith and Chris Baxter resume against full strength Hartlepool.

Prudhoe Town are another side with a full list of players available for their fixture at Darlington Cleveland Bridge who have Michael Thraves and Jordan Steele returning but Tom Watson, John Clegg and Brendan Lally are sidelined.

Jarrow, hoping to consolidate a top six place, host Cleator Moor Celtic unable to name goalkeeper Gary Frater. His replacement will be announced shortly before kick off by player manager Peter Kirkham who is himself doubtful.

Gateshead Leam Rangers are also without their keeper Ryan Docherty and either Andy Forbes or Dean Saunders will deputise at Easington Colliery.

Richmond Town have transferred Martin Butterworth to Newton Aycliffe but Adam Taylor and brothers Liam and Ben Darville are expected to play at home to Kirkbymoorside who are stronger with the inclusion of Sargo Cham and Nathan James.

Stockton Town aim to close the gap on leaders Willington by defeating Boldon CA but they go without Danny Lawson, James Risbrough and Kallum Hannah. Fortunately Joe Hinchley and Luke Whitaker can play.

Following a six goals drubbing in midweek, Ashbrooke Belford House are at home to Annfield Plain in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.

Manager Tommy Dobbing will again field a depleted side since Martin Deacon, Paul Robertson and Mark Green are all ruled out. Fortunately, Kyle Anderson, Robbie Dixon and Dale Wells are back.