DESPITE recent setbacks, Silksworth CE manager Mark McGinley is confident the club is heading in the right direction.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Wearside League game at home to Harton and Westoe, he said: “When Scott Cameron and I took over in March, the side was rock bottom so obviously I’m pleased we are now consistently in the top 10.
“We’ve had a couple of bad results lately but with the exception of the Ashbrooke Belford House game, our performances have been good.
“There are one or two areas where we need to improve and I am working on that. Behind the scenes, a great deal of work is going on and plans are in place to help the club continue to grow.”
Recent signing Enahoro Uade, who is studying at Sunderland University, is named in tomorrow’s squad along with Jonny Greener, James Hepinstall and Rob Taylor but captain Daley Clarke, Graham Pickering, Andrew Place, Neil Jones and Kieran Martin are all unavailable.
Belford House aim to stretch their impressive unbeaten sequence when they travel to Seaton Carew. Although Dale Wells is named, neither Dominic Laws nor Michael Melmore can play.
Seaton Carew are much stronger with the inclusion of Mattie Thomas, Dominic Laffin, David Wilson and Ashley Clark, who has rejoined the club.
Easington Colliery assistant manager Craig Parkinson reckons they have made a coup with the signing of David Paul from Crook Town.
“He was playing in the Ebac Northern League first division, so to get him on board is a massive boost,” he said,
Paul is the latest player to move in joining Michael Noble (Washington), Mark Swindle (Esh Winning) and Simon French from local football.
The quartet are all named together with captain Luke Page and Farran Pope, who has been sidelined for a couple of months.
Paul Taylor though faces a long lay-off after breaking a leg last weekend.
With leaders Ryhope CW and Stockton Town on cup duty, chasing clubs will attempt to close in on the pair.
Cleator Moor Celtic will go second if they win at Gateshead Leam Rangers who have improved recently to move off the bottom. Leam are looking for revenge following a 2-0 defeat earlier in the month but they cannot call upon David Ridley, who is serving a two-match ban.
Fourth top Redcar Athletic are at Annfield Plain hoping to make it five wins on the bounce away from home.
Richie Playforth, re-signed from Northallerton Town, is forming a productive partnership with Adam Preston and James Swann. The trio shared six goals in the last game.
Annfield Plain welcome back Michael Bell from suspension and Grant Scott has recovered from a broken hand. James Newton and Alex Webb also come in contention.
Hartlepool have signed the former Luton Town player Shaun Ross from Seaton Carew and he’s pencilled in for his debut in the home fixture with Prudhoe Town.
David Thompson, Lewis Murphy, Craig Risebury and David Maughan are also pencilled in the team sheet but Dan Naylor and James Paylor are on duty with the Durham County under 18’s squad.
Goalkeeper Mark Fish is still on the injured list but Prudhoe have new signing Keiran Martin standing by to make his debut.
There is a local derby on South Tyneside when Jarrow host Boldon CA. Liam Bayles, Darrell Turnbull and Nick Pain miss out for Jarrow who welcome back long term injury victim Andrew Wilkinson.
Although it is still November, the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup has made such good progress that the finalists will be decided tomorrow. Ryhope CW are at Richmond Town hopeful that James Cook, James Dunn, Michael Turnbull, Richard Jordan and Greg Swansbury will all be available for consideration by manager Garry Errington.
Richmond line up brothers Ben and Liam Darville, Chris Pattison, Chris Thornber and Simon Pinkney but Adam Gilroy is a definite absentee and Michael Gunnell is struggling with a shoulder injury.
Sunderland West End face a difficult tie at Stockton Town, who have lost only once in the last 35 games.
Unfortunately for manager Andy Colledge, West End have Peter Crawford, John Pyle and Darren Atkinson cup tied.
Injury rules out Brad Foster but Barry Turton and Callum Hodgson come into contention. Stockton are set to name their strongest line-up including the returning Luke Whittaker and David Dowd.
Coxhoe Athletic visit Gateshead Redheugh 1957 in the Durham Trophy where doubts surround the availability of Ben Haddock, James Laidler, Neil Charlton and Shaun Ryder but Mark Watson has recovered from injury.
Wolviston are without goalkeeper Chris Davidson and Shaun Gregory for their home tie with Coundon Leeholme but are able to name Bradley Mills, Brodie Myers and Stephen Hodgson.