Ryhope forced to delay big homecoming

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RYHOPE CW’s home game in the Wearside League against Kirkbymoorside tonight has been called off because work on improvements to their ground has still not been completed, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Because improvements have been carried out to the changing accommodation, the Wearsiders have either played all games away or used Sunderland RCA’s ground this season.

Disappointed with the call-off – especially as victory would have regained top spot from Willington – secretary Dougie Benison said: “We are very grateful to the Wearside League for rearranging our fixtures and to our neighbours RCA, but it would be good to be back on home soil.”

Silksworth Rangers, disappointed at their failure to take a point from Saturday’s derby at Sunderland West End, could hand a debut to Fabian Pope at home to Stockton Town.

Another recent signing, Quentin Sibethal, could also come into the plans of boss Keith Stafford, who will need to decide whether to play fit-again John McLean in goal or stay with youngster Adam Don, who has impressed in recent games.

Stafford has a doubt surrounding the fitness of Michael Curtis but expects to field his strongest line-up.

Stockton could include newcomers Grant McIver and Michael Canavan. Goalkeeper Adrian Swan, substituted after just 15 minutes on Saturday, is a major doubt.

West End have the chance to climb into the top six if they win at Prudhoe Town. Their only absentee is Luke Sanders, while Prudhoe are back to full strength now that Scott Ormeston has completed his ban.

Coxhoe Athletic have Trevor Tierney, Craig Ferguson and Leigh Guthrie back, but they await news on the availability of Adam McDonald, Dan Petts, Dean O’Rourke and Adam McDonald at Darlington Cleveland Bridge.

Boldon CA host Hartlepool, who have nine players back after missing Saturday’s trip to Cleator Moor.