Top two in the Wearside Legue battle it out for semi-final spot

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TWO sides aiming for a double will battle it out tomorrow for a place in the semi-final of the Wearside League Cup.

New Marske, who trail Easington Colliery by nine points, have home advantage in the top-of-the-table clash.

Both sides expect to be at full strength with Simon Todd pencilled in for his second outing with the Colliers.

The former Durham City player signed earlier this week from Seaham Red Star, scored within three minutes of making his debut against Annfield Plain on Wednesday night.

Jarrow travel to Cleator Moor Celtic for a second round tie which has been postponed three times.

Manager Dave Bell is set to hand debuts to Neil Scott and Gordon Hutchinson while Peter Kirkham also comes into contention. Chris McDonold, Anthony Dixon and Stephen Cockburn are all ruled out.

In the League, third top Ryhope CW are also in Cumbria where they have the chance to go level on points with new Marske if they defeat Windscale.

Club Captain Phil Hall and Richard Jordan have completed bans but Martin Swales will need to check on the fitness of David Newby and Martin Metcalfe.

Houghton Town, boosted by their midweek win, host Darlington Cleveland Bridge at Leyburn Grove.

Daley Clark and Brad Freeman could return but doubts surround the availability of Ross Kennedy and Andrew Gartland.

The Bridge, looking for their third consecutive away win, have John Clegg, Stephen Wake, Michael Carter, Gary Buckley and Tom Watson competing for places in the starting line-up.

Ashbrooke Belford House make the short journey to Boldon CA minus Brett Wilson.

Manager Tommy Dobbing is hopeful of captain Kenny Taylor and Chris Charlton turning out.

Bottom of the table Prudhoe Town have no selection worries ahead of their visit to Stockton Town who are favourites to extend a winning sequence to six games.

Willington will introduce new signings Lee Tinkler and John Roberts but Adam Blenkinsop and James Seymour cannot play at Silksworth.

Annfield Plain are at full strength at home to Wolviston who are depleted with the absence of Luke Bennington, Mike Traynor and Ian Robson.

Coxhoe Athletic will field their strongest line up at home to Hartlepool who have Mick Bell available following suspension. A doubt though surrounds Kyle Anderson who is troubled with an ankle injury.

Liam Wood, Andy Bell, Greg Booth and Craig Skelton are added to Redcar Athletic’s squad at home to Kirkbymoorside who name Sarjo Cham and Mattie Brown.