Skipper Hall back to boost Ryhope CW

Ryhope CW's management team: Chris Hughes (coach) Gary Pearson (manager) and Stuart Gooden (assistant manager)

Ryhope CW's management team: Chris Hughes (coach) Gary Pearson (manager) and Stuart Gooden (assistant manager)

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RYHOPE CW will aim to extend their unbeaten Second Division record at home to second-bottom Brandon United tomorrow.

The Wearsiders have club captain Phil Hall and Alex Marshall back, but James Cook, Nathan O’Neill and Stephen Francis are unavailable.

Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake had no fewer than 11 players missing, but his side still managed to defeat Heaton Stannington on Wednesday.

Only two, Ben Johnson and Michael Alsopp, return against Whickham at Chester Moor Park tomorrow.

“We are working hard to bolster the squad,” said Wake. “Hopefully, the camaraderie among the lads will make it competitive. I know whoever is in the starting line-up will give a good account of themselves.”

Following the disappointment of losing to Ryhope CW in midweek, Washington will be anxious to get their early promotion challenge on track by defeating Alnwick Town.

Three games have yielded just two points for Steven Hutchinson’s men, although last Sunday the Newtowners produced one of their best performances in years when they put six goals past Pickering Town to progress in the FA Cup.

Seaham Red Star boss Mark Collingwood is anxious for his side to claim all three points at home to Billingham Town.

The Star have won only one of their three matches, scoring just twice and once again Collingwood awaits news on injured players.

Carl Thorpe and Chris Scott are injury doubts, while David Gordon and Daryl Donnelly definitely miss out.