Ryhope sign off from league

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RYHOPE CW play their last game in the Wearside League tonight before returning to the Ebac Northern League Second Division, from which they were compulsory relegated last May because their facilities did not meet the criteria.

All the necessary work has been completed and although the Wearsiders will end runners-up to Champions Stockton Town, they still qualify for promotion.

Ryhope sign off at Annfield Plain and could again field a weakened side.

Work commitments will probably sideline a number of players and a trio will need their fitness assessed before the squad is named.

Scott Donaldson, Callum Charlton and Michael Charlton are all struggling to be fit.

Easington Colliery, who lifted the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup when they defeated Ashbrooke Belford House on Monday, host Coxhoe Athletic in their penultimate game.

With six points still up for grabs, the Colliers are aiming for a top six finish.

Coxhoe, meanwhile, will be happy to avoid the wooden spoon and a win tonight would see them leapfrog Gateshead Leam Rangers and Boldon CA.

Coxhoe go into the game minus Chris Baxter and they have fitness concerns for Mark Watson, Gareth Hamblin and Ryan Kiteley.

Horden CW will make another attempt to play their final fixture at Cleator Moor Celtic. Last week’s scheduled game was postponed because the Colliers were unable to raise a side for the long journey.

Redcar Athletic are in a strong position to end third behind Stockton Town and Ryhope CW. They have home advantage over Wolviston and a win will guarantee them third spot.

Kieran Stares returns to the side which also includes goalkeeper Matthew Berry and winger Sam Webster.

Striker Adam Preston has also thrived and is aiming to net his 30th goal after scoring only 10 last season.

Wolviston, who at one stage were close to the bottom, are comfortable placed ahead of their final game.

Striker Ben Bonner has recovered from an ankle injury but John McClone is an absentee at Redcar.

Richmond Town have a slim chance to finish fourth, but are guaranteed fifth place.

They have home advantage over Prudhoe Town when Simon Pinkney, Carl Chillingsworth and Nathan O’Connor come into contention, but work commitments keep out Scott Guy, Michael Layfield and Ben Palmer.

Prudhoe travel without Andrew Clarkson and Craig Forster.