Silksworth looking for new boss as Crann steps down

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DARREN Crann has left Silksworth Rangers after just 12 games in charge and the Wearsiders expect to name his replacement in the next few days.

“I would like to thank Darren for his efforts,” said chairman David Steele.

“He was been with the club in various capacities for two years and gave 100 per cent. We’ve now got to move on and hopefully we will have a new manager in place very soon.”

John McLean and Dean Hannah take charge of team affairs for tomorrow’s bottom-of-the-table fixture at Annfield Plain.

In the absence of regular goalkeeper Adam Don, McLean will deputise. Also missing are Scott King and Gary Fagan and both Neil Jones and Michael Curtis are given only a 50-50 chance of playing. Michael Renshaw, though, makes his return.

Annfield Plain are eight points ahead of rock-bottom Silksworth and have three games in hand with a significantly better goal difference on their rivals.

Peterlee Town have won five of their last six away fixtures to move into seventh place and they’ll be looking to continue their good form at Ashbrooke Belford House.

A double blow, however, is the news that David Henderson and Kris Johnson may not play again this season.

Henderson is on crutches after being injured against Kirkbymoorside while Johnson has damaged his knee ligaments.

Marc Stephenson is doubtful and a definite absentee is Andy Place because of work commitments.

Ashbrooke are ninth and manager Tommy Dubbing will make final selection of his line up shortly before kick-off after assessing the fitness of his squad following the midweek win over Redcar Athletic.

Martin Deacon is unavailable, and there are fitness tests on Luke Olabord and Lee Andrews. Kyle Anderson returns to the squad.

Sunderland West End have no selection concerns for their game at Gateshead Leam Rangers with Lloyd Conlon, Jamie Fryett and Ross Kennedy all in contention.

The Tynesiders are looking to avenge an early-season defeat and their chances are enhanced with a near full-strength pool available. Their only absentee is Leon Kane who is serving a six-week ban.

Easington Colliery will hand a debut to midfielder Jake Ferguson, signed from Hartlepool, against Jarrow at Perth Green. The South Tynesiders are without Daryl Turnbull, Lee Brand and Nick Pain.

New signing, 17-year-old defender Callum Walton could be given a first outing by Coxhoe Athletic at Hartlepool. Injuries prevent Alex Mitton and Vinny Gash from playing and a doubt surrounds the availability of Adam Phillips.

Having lost Jake Ferguson to Easington, Pools will give late fitness tests to Liam Lewis and David Thompson who both limped out of last week’s game .

Anthony Davies is working, while Jack Nixon and Jack Musgrave have been promoted from the under-21s.

Harton and Westoe are looking to bounce back from a 6-0 midweek defeat when they have home advantage over Boldon CA in the South Tyneside derby.

Brothers Paul and Jack Burrell and David Graham are named but Ben Cooper is out.

Seaton Carew travel with a full-strength squad to Kirkbymoorside, who are without Karl Richardson, Jonny Birbeck and Alex Strickland. Fortunately, Sarjo Cham, Brad Magson and Connor Campbell can turn out.

Richmond Town aim to press their claims for the Championship and they have no selection worries for the visit of Redcar Athletic while Wolviston bring in new signing Michael Lee for the home game with Cleator Moor Celtic.

Nathan Summersgill is doubtful and injury sidelines Anthony Brown.

Willington host Darlington Cleveland Bridge in the semi-finals of the Monkwearmouth Cup. The Hall Lane men miss Daniel Lee and Gareth Ayres, while the Bridge cannot call upon Michael Carter, Martyn Stubbings or Darren Pearson.

In the other semi, both Stockton Town and Prudhoe Town will field their strongest line-ups.