Ryhope out to maintain lead at the top

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RYHOPE CW will be looking to get back into action and at the very least maintain a two-point lead over Stockton Town at the top of the Wearside League.

Jarrow are due on Wearside with both teams forced into making changes.

Ryhope manager Paul Burton definitely misses Greg Swansbury and will need to check on the fitness of Neal Bussey, who is close to making his comeback.

A boost for Jarrow boss Peter Kirkham is the availability of the Pressing brothers Grant and Jason but Anthony Chilton is on the injured list.

Second-top Stockton Town are on South Tyneside for their fixture with Boldon CA.

The Teessiders are pleased that Stephen Roberts came though unscathed when he played 80 minutes on Saturday. An injury sustained against Ryhope CW has sidelined him for a number of weeks. Also back are Tom Coulthard and Chris Stockton.

Boldon CA, who are fourth from bottom, bring in Shaun Carroll but neither Carl Evans nor Brodie Simpson can play.

Ashbrooke Belford House joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that doubts surround the fitness of David Christie, Dale Wells and Ian Potts but fortunately Ryan Veitch and Stuart Burton come into the frame for the visit of Wolviston.

The visitors have Robbie McIlroy suspended and Daryl Tomlinson is also sidelined but Ben Bonner is named.

Richmond Town make the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic definitely missing Gary Sharda, who is working.

An ankle injury is a concern for Jason Newall but Scott Guy and goalkeeper Steven Walker, who has been out for six months, are pencilled into the team sheet.

Easington Colliery will make another attempt to play their Wearside League Cup second round tie at Prudhoe Town.

Assistant Manager Craig Parkinson has Mark Swindle and David Paul banned and work commitments keep out Scott Huntley, Ian Redman, David Laight, James Talbot and James Sanders. Nicholas Doyle, Jordan Thompson, Michael Pattison and Michael Noble are added to a 16-man squad. In contrast, Prudhoe have no selection concerns and will field their first choice line-up.