Silksworth look for big leap forward

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SILKSWORTH CW, who have played fewer games than any other side, have the chance to leap into eighth position in the Wearside League when they meet Redcar Athletic in the only fixture scheduled for tonight.

The Wearsiders, though, face a stern test since Redcar have been in good form recently and have moved to fourth top.

Silksworth chairman David Steele, however, is confident Mark McGinley’s side can complete the double over the Wearsiders, who they defeated earlier in the season.

Recent signings from Sunderland West End, Dan and Keiran Martin, who were cup-tied for last Friday’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup tie against Ryhope CW, come into contention but injury sidelines Andrew Place.

“We’ve played some of the top teams recently but are still holding our own. We’ve made great strides since this time last season when we were rock bottom and there’s no doubt that as a club and a team we are on the way up,” enthused Steele.

The chairman is also delighted that the side has won the Wearside League Respect Award for September and it’s expected that a match ball will be presented to the club before tonight’s kick-off.

“The award is for good discipline and full credit to our manager who has improved the side’s record immensely,” added Steele.

Redcar will be gunning for three points which would enable them to move to within three points of third-placed Cleator Moor Celtic.

A double blow for the Seasiders is the news that Lance Skelton is injured and Liam Wood suspended.

Steven Barker and James Swann, who both missed Saturday’s victory over Ashbrooke Belford House, should rejoin the squad.