Ryhope CW gunning for final

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RYHOPE CW aim to take another step towards the double when they visit New Marske in the semi-final of the Wearside League Cup tomorrow.

The Wearsiders, though, face a daunting task since New Marske are only three points below them in the table.

Manager Martin Swales is boosted by the availability of John Butler but Lloyd Conlon, Neil Moan and Martin Metcalfe will all need late fitness tests.

A blow for the Seasiders is the news that striker Shaun Mackin could be sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury.

In addition, Danny Wilkinson, Stuart Poulter and Ricky Phillips are all rated doubtful.

Willington have struggled for success and when they meet Jarrow at Hall Lane it will be their first semi-final since the 1970s.

They hope to be at full strength with Andrew Stocks, Wayne Dobinson and Paul Davison returning.

Jarrow moved into the top six with victory at Darlington Cleveland Bridge earlier in the week but manager Dave Bell accepts that tomorrow’s game represents their only chance of winning silverware.

Jarrow cannot name Paul Turrell, Marc Brocklehurst or Grodon Hutchinson while Liam Clark is struggling. Chris McDonald and Stephen Cockburn are expected to make the squad.

With their nearest rivals in a three-horse race for the championship on cup duty, Easington Colliery will go 12 points clear if they defeat Darlington Cleveland Bridge.

Boss Andy Colledge welcomes the inclusion of John Harrison, Simon Todd and Chris Hall. The visitors miss Gavin Wilson but have Nick Petch, Stephen Wake and Gary Buckley available.

At the other end of the table, Houghton Town arrested a losing sequence on Wednesday, at home to Redcar Athletic they are weakened by the unavailability of David Sewell and Andrew Gartland. Joint manager Anthony Cooper is optimistic that Liam Milburn and Wayne Harrison will return.

Redcar, hoping to stretch a winning sequence, go without suspended pair Dan Drazdauskas and Craig Skelton. Liam Wood, Roy Hunter and Jamie Lee are injured while Steve Thompson is working.

Boldon CA’s three-match winning sequence came to an end at Ryhope CW and are at home to Prudhoe Town.

Prudhoe sense that they can avoid the wooden spoon. All season, they have been stranded at the bottom but are now only two points behind Coxhoe Athletic.

Coxhoe visit Hartlepool stronger with the inclusion of Phil Bulmer and Paul Cantwell but Chris Garbutt will miss three games through suspension.

Pools are minus Johnny Bolton and Kyle Anderson but could have Danny Butler, Rob Ferguson and Steve Chapman in contention for places in the starting line-up.