Wearside League: Silksworth CW given green light at last for switched Trophy quarter-final

Horden CW. Back, from left: John Pyle, Michael Cockburn, Dan Flounders, Max Stoker, Stephen Chapman, Peter Crawford. Front: Robbie Renwick, Paul Moss, Stephen Hubery, Barney Dobinson, Chris Tarn. Picture by Tom Banks

Horden CW. Back, from left: John Pyle, Michael Cockburn, Dan Flounders, Max Stoker, Stephen Chapman, Peter Crawford. Front: Robbie Renwick, Paul Moss, Stephen Hubery, Barney Dobinson, Chris Tarn. Picture by Tom Banks

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Following three abortive attempts to stage the Durham FA Trophy quarter-final tie, holders Silksworth CW will now play at Stockton West End tomorrow.

Deputy chairman David Steele explained: “It’s the competition rules that after three postponements the ‘away’ team have the advantage. The good news is that the tie will definitely go ahead tomorrow since they have a 4G pitch.”

The Colliers will be at full strength for the trip south. Had the tie been played last Saturday, Silksworth would have missed Rob Hall, Michael Brunning and Adam Storey, but the trio are all available this time round.

Only one league fixture has been scheduled, with Ashbrooke Belford House at home to Boldon CA.

A win for the Silksworth-based side will lift them into fifth place and their chances of securing all three points are enhanced by the availability of Callum Charlton, Kevin Humble, David Scott and Corey Steele.

The only absentee is the suspended Adam Hopps.

Boldon have no selection concerns and will take a full squad to Silksworth.

Most teams are involved in the Wearside League Cup.

Seaham Red Star Reserves visit Sunderland West End and manager Don Naylor reports that Kyle Morris and Danny Naylor are back in training, so there’s a chance they will be involved at some stage.

Murton, bottom of the table with only three points from 24 games, will want to erase the memory of last week’s 15-goal rout at the hands of Redcar Athletic when they meet Cleator Moor Celtic in Cumbria.

Spennymoor Town Reserves, who host Horden CW at Coxhoe, are unable to name James Leeds or Ross Morrow. Horden boss Martin Mulcaster delays announcing his squad.

Leam Rangers name their first choice pool of players for the tie against Annfield Plain at Derwent Park.

Hartlepool have used the enforced break to strengthen their team and Evan McEvoy could make his debut against former club Wolviston at Metcalfe Park.

Luke Naylor, signed from Horden CW and Rhys Tapner (Seaton Carew) are also pencilled in to make their first appearance and seven players have declared their availability after missing the last match.

Alex Marshall, Mattie Gardener, Sam Cook, Carl O’Sullivan, Kalon Lloyd, Ash Turnbull and Mitch Rookes come into contention and the only injury doubt surrounds goalkeeper Calum Hudson, who has missed the last four games through injury.

Jarrow have a tough tie facing Stockton Town, who have droppd only five points out of a possible 51 in the league as they seek a fourth successive championship.

James Crossman, signed from Billingham Synthonia, could make a long-awaited debut, while Tom Coulthard and Tony Johnson have completed bans and are also named by the Teessiders.

Prudhoe Town have Robert Grainey suspended at Richmond Town, who will be without the injured Ben Darville for the remainder of the season.

His brother, Liam, plays tomorrow, but Anthony Harrison is rated doubtful with a knee injury.

Leaders Redcar Athletic are at home to Whitehaven and defender Chris Bivens is likely to be recalled after missing last week’s drubbing of Murton because of suspension.

The Seasiders created two records last Saturday. The 15-0 victory was the biggest in the club’s history and it is the first time four players had scored hat-tricks in the same game.