Steve Patton keen for West End to pick up where they left off

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SUNDERLAND West End are keeping their fingers crossed that the Ford Quarry ground will be playable for tomorrow’s Wearside League game against Kirkbymoorside.

The Wearsiders were riding on the crest of a wave with eight wins under their belt until the weather intervened early last month.

Joint manager Steve Patton said: “We haven’t played since December 10 which is a great pity because we were going so well.

“Hopefully we can pick up where we left off but in situations like this you never know.”

While Patton is understandably frustrated, so too are Lloyd Conlon and David Keighley who have each been suspended for one game.

“They’ve been trying to serve the ban for several weeks. Hopefully tomorrow’s game will go ahead and they’ll then be free to play,” added Patton.

Kirkbymoorside are third from bottom and they miss the influential Ryan Rivis who is working. Sean Walker is rated doubtful after missing last week’s match through injury.

Second-top Ryhope CW have Jordan Thompson suspended while Greg Swansbury, Phil Hall and Shaun Petch will need their fitness assessed before manager Martin Swales can finalise his line-up for the visit of Willington.

The South West Durham side, one-time Amateur Cup winners at Wembley, have improved considerably in the last couple of seasons.

After finishing bottom in successive years, they were seventh from the basement last time with 44 points but already have 45 and are in fifth position.

Dean Hanson is ruled out with a knee injury and Michael Yorke is rated extremely doubtful.

Silksworth Rangers are hoping to take a bigger pool to Gateshead Leam Rangers after having only 12 players last Saturday.

Club captain Dean Hannah and James Gilhespy return and assistant manager Darren Crann is hoping to add another two players to the squad.

Club captain Mark Rumbles, who broke a leg in early September, makes a welcome return for Gateshead.

Ashbrooke Belford House have Neil Moan suspended and Jack Lilley is another absentee against Peterlee Town who could hand debuts to Ian Redman and Jamie Lisle.

Newtowners’ joint manager Craig Parkinson reports that Stephen Hockaday, Ashley Gillespie, Anth Rogerson and Phil Robinson also resume but Russell Blenkinsop, James Page and John Bewick are injured.

Coxhoe Athletic have snapped up Philip Best, Robert Tones, Neil Charlton, Mark Watson, Andrew Blackburn and Ryan Kitely from Cornforth United and Alex Cantwell could also play a role at home to Prudhoe Town who have newcomer Robert Smith and Scott Ormston on standby.

Boldon CA manager Kevin Oliver is hoping to sign a replacement for goalkeeper Jak Wells, who has joined Morpeth Town, in time for the home fixture against leaders Redcar Athletic who bring in Luke Woodhall, Andy Porritt and Lewis Wood

Annfield Plain go to Stockton Town boosted by the inclusion of Mark Patterson, Craig Downey and Andrew Bruce.

Hartlepool could line up new signings Danny Dawson and Richie Mills together with the returning Luke Naylor, Danny Bartram, Kyle McDermott and Shaun Atkinson at Wolviston.