Red-hot Ryhope ready for Silksworth derby

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RYHOPE CW could have their biggest gate of the season tonight for the attractive Monkwearmouth Cup second round tie against neighbours Silksworth CW.

Ryhope are in scintillating form, having scored 62 goals in 13 games.

Just as impressive is the fact they’ve conceded only five times.

Last season, Silksworth were wooden spoonists, but they are now mid-table and have proved to be a match for any side.

The home team, still looking to appoint a new manager, expect to be at full strength while Silksworth are boosted by the return of Craig Lines.

Jonny Greener, however, is ruled out through injury for the visitors.

Tomorrow, Ashbrooke Belford House travel to Redcar Athletic aiming for what would be only their third win of the season.

Once again, though, they are under strength, with Alan Young, Nathan Burrell, Shaun Petch and Steven Callan ruled out. Fortunately, Jonathan Dunn and Mark Egglestone can play.

Redcar await news on the fitness of captain Lance Skelton, who picked up an injury playing for the league representative side last week. Liam Wood is suspended, while defender James Smuk and teenage striker Kyran Clark are added to the squad.

Easington Colliery make their longest journey of the season to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Assistant manager Craig Parkinson is looking for a repeat of the second-half performance his side gave in defeating Ashbrooke Belford House on Wednesday.

“The lads were brilliant and if they can carry that form into tomorrow’s game we could be in with a shout,” observed Parkinson, who reports that Richard Maughan, Brett Gillatt and Karl Adams are pushing for starts. Dale Spence, Carl Price and Ryan Mather are unavailable.

Coxhoe Athletic gave their best performance of the season last Saturday when they defeated Northern League Second Division high-fliers Birtley Town in the Durham Challenge Cup.

It’s back to the bread and butter of league action when Harton and Westoe CW provide the opposition. Although Ben Haddock and Philip Best come into the frame, Neil Charlton, Vinny Gash and Alex Mitton are all sidelined.

Harton are likely to miss injured pair John Murray and David Graham but have David Hopper, Jon Armstrong, Paul Hobson and Paul Burrell rejoining the squad.

Leam Rangers, away to Annfield Plain, have David Ridley suspended and injury concerns over centre-half Laurent Sanson and striker Anth Huddart.

Annfield await news on the availability of Jake Burns and Antony Telfer, but Aaron Reynolds, Alex Webb and Craig Cowen are definitely back.

Horden CW aim to make home advantage count against Sunderland West End in the Monkwearmouth Cup. New signing Billy Maxwell is expected to start but injuries keep out Aaron Saiger and Simon Todd.

Jarrow face a daunting task as Stockton Town, whose 15-match winning sequence was ended in a 1-1 draw at Cleator Moor on Wednesday.