Stockton eye Wearside League title triumph

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STOCKTON Town could clinch the Wearside League championship tonight if they defeat Wolviston and Ryhope CW fail to take maximum points from their game at Annfield Plain.

The Teessiders conceded a couple of points at the weekend but they’ve been in phenomenal form for many weeks and are on course to retain the title.

Their chances of taking maximum points against Wolviston are enhanced with the addition of Kallum Hannah, Scott Meehan, Max Craggs and James Ward to a full strength squad.

Wolviston miss midfielders David Johnson and Lee Butterworth but utility player Ian Danby is available.

Ryhope CW have leaked five points in their last two matches and trail Stockton by three points with just two games to play. Their penultimate fixture is against Annfield Plain at Derwent Park and nothing short of a win will be sufficient to keep alive the Wearsiders’ lingering hopes of pipping Stockton at the post.

Ashbrooke Belford House, who meet Easington Colliery on Monday in the final of the Sunderland Shipowners Cup, are at home to Redcar Athletic with joint manager Asa Dobbing reporting that David Christie is definitely out.

Ashbrooke hope that Johnny Dunn and Martin Deacon will be able to play and Mark Green will also be named if he comes through a fitness test.

Redcar Athletic, competing with Cleator Moor Celtic for third place, will again be without defender Jamie Lee.

He collapsed during last Wednesday’s game with Cleator Moor Celtic and had to be taken to hospital where it was found he had pulled a chest muscle which was causing severe pain.

It could be that he will miss Redcar’s last four games. The Seasiders, meanwhile, are looking for swift revenge for the Wearside League Cup Final defeat they suffered at the hands of Ashbrooke on Easter Monday.

Captain Lance Skelton, who hasn’t played since that game is set to return and there is a 50-50 chance of Steven Barker being declared fit.

Easington Colliery are looking for a top six finish and victory over Jarrow at Welfare Park will lift them above Silksworth CW.

The Colliers have won 10 of their last 13 games, scoring no few than 52 goals with David Paul (22) and Michael Pattison (18) bang in form. Captain Luke Page and Jordan Thompson are named in a strong 18-man squad.

Coxhoe Athletic are bottom but have two games in hand on Hartlepool. They travel to Richmond Town without Neil Charlton and doubts surround the availability of Stephen Parnaby and Tom Olley.

Hartlepool are only ahead of Coxhoe by virtue of having a slightly better goals difference. They face a difficult challenge in the local derby with Seaton Carew who held leaders Stockton Town to a draw at the weekend.

Pools bring in Kevin Price, Shauny Scotta and Shannon Davis but Callum Sweeney, Keiran Laking and Paul Donaghy are all sidelined. Sam Harrison is struggling with a shin injury but hopes to be fit.

Seaton Carew have no selection concerns with Matty Kelsey and Rob Hammond back in the frame,

Horden CW make their longest journey of the season to Cleator Moor Celtic. The Colliers are mid-table while the Cumbrians will be anxious to claim all three points and hopefully end behind Stockton Town and Ryhope CW.