SILKSWORTH Rangers, with just two wins in 12 attempts, could hardly face a sterner test tomorrow than lining up against Willington in the Wearside League.
The visitors boast the only 100 per cent record and 10 games have yielded an impressive goals difference of 20-4. In contrast, Silksworth have conceded 33 times and only Darlington Cleveland Bridge have let in more goals.
“It’s going to be tough but we’ll give it our best shot,” exclaimed secretary David Steele, who reports that John Turvey has rejoined the club.
Neil Jones is also added to the squad but a treble blow is the unavailability of Adam Don, Michael Curtis and Michael Renshaw.
Willington are riding on the crest of a wave and their only defeat in all competitions was against Ebac Northern League First Division side Newton Aycliffe in the FA Carlsberg Vase.
Their chances of extending a magnificent winning sequence are enhanced with the addition of six players to the squad.
Dean Hanson, Andrew Richardson, Jason White, Andrew Stocks, Adam Pinkney and John Richardson will all be competing for places in the starting line-up.
Like Silksworth, Coxhoe Athletic are also too near the bottom for comfort and on Wednesday suffered a seven-goal rout at Peterlee Town.
Coxhoe are again in East Durham to meet Easington Colliery where they will be without Stephen Parnaby and Vinny Gash, who completes a three-match ban.
Philip Best, Dan Petts and Dave Morgan come into contention while Easington, whose midweek fixture was postponed because of floodlight failure at Redcar Athletic, delay announcing their team.
Harton and Westoe go to Annfield Plain, who have lost left-back Peter Henderson to Birtley Town. Fortunately, three defenders – Martin Nugent, David Graham and David Myers – are all available.
Jarrow, fourth top despite losing earlier in the week, line up with Ashbrooke Belford House when it will be a case of two in, two out. Lee Brand and Gary Frater are injured but Gary Taylor and Kyle Gray resume.
Andy Hebron is serving a three-match ban and Mark Williams is injured for Gateshead Leam Ranger’s visit to Cleator Moor Celtic. Leam Barnett and Mark Rumbles and pencilled into the Tynesiders’ pool of players.
Redcar Athletic will attempt to complete a double over Richmond Town, whom they defeated in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.
Since then though, Richmond have moved into second place and with 35 goals, are far and away the leading scorers.
Redcar miss Dale Mendum, Rob Jones and Stuart Poulter while Richmond could include at some stage recent signing Sam Pickersgill, Dylan Wardale, Adam Cox and Chris Coyle.
For their game at bottom of the table Wolviston, who have managed just one point in 11 attempts, Darlington Cleveland Bridge line up Martyn Stubbings, Jack Johns and John McKie but Brendan Lally and John Clegg are sidelined.
Hartlepool have moved into the top six with some impressive performances recently and against Boldon CA welcome the return of Craig Hutchinson and Carl McDermott to a full strength squad.