Silksworth determined to fight to the end

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SILKSWORTH Rangers have a lot to do if they are to avoid the wooden spoon but chairman David Steele insists everyone at the club is positive about the future.

Ahead of tonight’s Wearside League game at Easington Colliery, he said: “We fight on and who knows what might happen in the remaining games but even if we do finish bottom we are already looking ahead to next season.

“Our results haven’t been great but their no doubt our performances have improved in recent weeks.”

Michael Brunning, Rob Hall and Michael Renshaw return at Easington and manager Mark McGinley’s only doubt surround the availability of David Stevens.

Sunderland West End are fifth top going into their game at Peterlee Town. The Wearsiders miss the injured Daley Clarke but Lloyd Conlin and Chris Curtis are added to the squad.

Following their nine goals route of Cleator Moor Celtic at the weekend – which was the shock result of the season, Peterlee Town will have to decide whether to change a winning line-up.

They had 12 players missing in Cumbria six of them are available tonight.

David Newby, Andy Place, Martin Hope, Liam Dunn, Dale Spence and Gavin Porter resume, giving manager Paul Frame a selection headache.

A blow though is the news that recent singing Paul Griffith from Easington Colliery is ruled out until next season with a knee injury.

Willington will defend a 10 points lead at the top of the table when they travel to Gateshead Leam Rangers. The Hall Lane side delay announcing their squad while the Tynesiders go without defenders Mark Rumbles and Chris Lowther as well as striker Anthony Thompson who are all working.

Richmond Town regained second place on goals difference from Stockton Town when they enjoyed a 5-0 victory at Hartlepool on Monday.

They start favourites to keep the pressure on Willington when they line up at lowly Wolviston.

The hosts are hoping that Lee Butterworth will at last make his home debut while Ryan Hebb, who has missed recent games through injury, is now available but neither Carl Barry nor Ian Bishop can play.

Stockton Town are third, equal on points with Richmond Town with the two team having played the same number of games.

Stockton meet Annfield Plain, who are second from bottom, eight points ahead of Silksworth Rangers with four games in hand on the Wearsiders.

Jarrow face the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic who will be keen to erase the memory of the nine goals drubbing they suffered on Saturday.

Cleator’s chances are enhanced since Jarrow miss several players with Kyle Pendergood, Paul Trosh, Ross Toward, Shaun Heeds, Andrew Wilkinson, Chris McDonald and David Mullen all ruled out.

Hartlepool, who have slipped into the bottom half of the table, have been hit with the news that Ash Turnbull will not play again this season after suffering a knee ligament injury.

James Taylor has a thigh problem and is a doubt for the home game with Kirkbymoorside but Liam Lewis, David Thompson, Danny Sinclair and Danny Butler have all recovered from injuries.

The Yorkshiremen are stronger with the inclusion of Marcus Godsell, Ryan Rivis and Connor Shipley.

Coxhoe Athletic go to Harton and Westoe with Simon Ord, Neil Charlton and Chris Baxter competing for places in the starting line-up but John Cook is ruled out and Adam Philips is doubtful.

Seaton Carew have home advantage over Redcar Athletic with goalkeeper Gary Fleetham, Craig Lines, Shaun Ross and Andy McBean in the frame.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge have Christian Holliday available for their game at Prudhoe Town.