Struggling Silksworth target a cup boost

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SILKSWORTH Rangers prop up the Wearside League table but tomorrow have the chance to reach the semi-finals of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup when they host rival strugglers Darlington Cleveland Bridge.

“We’ve managed only a couple of wins and they have just three to their credit so there is a chance of a bit of glory for both of us,” said Rangers’ secretary David Steele.

Andrew Boyes, signed from local football, is set to make his debut and a further boost for Silksworth is the availability of captain Dean Hannah who has completed a ban. Johnny Thompson though is absent.

Darlington CB this week parted company with manager Paul Waller, who is replaced by Richard Snowdon. The visitors’ chances of making it into the last four are enhanced with the availability of Brendan Lally, Luke Black and Darren Pearson. Snowdon’s only absentee is John Clegg.

Prudhoe Town and Willington compete for a place in the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Charity Cup.

Coxhoe Athletic now have home advantage over Hebburn Reyrolle in the Durham Trophy following the decision to transfer the tie from South Tyneside.

Neil Charlton begins a three-match suspension but Coxhoe definitely have Chris Baxter and Mark Watson in contention but Dave Curry and Stephen Robertson are doubtful.

Richmond Town will regain the leadership if they take just one point from their home fixture with Gateshead Leam Rangers. The Yorkshiremen have signed striker Colin Anderson from Northallerton Town and Chris Walker is back to bolster the midfield.

Leam Rangers aim to build on three consecutive victories and their hopes are enhanced with the return of defender Andy Hebron who has completed a three-match ban.

Easington Colliery host Kirkbymoorside without suspended pair James Bambrough and Reece Brymer while defender Rhys Williams will need a late check on his fitness before the squad is announced.

Kirkbymoorside are considerably stronger with goalkeeper Tim Hodgson, Richard Okeahialam, Uyi Ehima and Henry Kwami all competing for places in the starting line-up. The only absentee is Karl Richardson.

Sunderland West End have Liam Gettings and Lee Smith in their squad at Harton and Westoe and Annfield Plain are near to full-strength for the visit of Ashbrooke Belford House. Plain’s only absentee is Craig Cowell, who is serving a suspension.

Belford House are without the injured Mark Egglestone but are boosted by the return of Lewis Hutchinson, Brian Smiles and Kyle Anderson.

Boldon CA welcome the timely return of Mark Williams and Kevin Davidson especially since David Hopper is out and Shaun Carroll is struggling with an injury.

The Seasiders have goalkeeper James Fleming and Liam Wood returning but Luke Woodhall is sidelined and Craig Skelton’s chances of playing are rated only 50-50.

Stockton Town, aiming to keep the pressure on leading pair Willington and Richmond Town have Tony Johnson back from suspension and are hopeful that Luke Whittaker, Andy Westwood and Steve Roberts will all be able to turn out in the home game with Peterlee Town.