Wearside League: Silksworth looking for big support for cup final tonight

Silksworth CW (red/black strip) take on Boldon CA earlier this season

Silksworth CW (red/black strip) take on Boldon CA earlier this season

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IN A bid to boost the gate, Silksworth CW are providing free transport to and from the Nissan Sports Complex for tonight’s Durham Trophy final against Whickham Sporting Club (7pm).

Chairman Phil Tye said: “We are doing our utmost to ensure we get as many supporters there as possible.

“Three shuttle busses will leave Silksworth Community Centre at 6pm for anyone who needs transport”.

Whickham, ninth in the Northern Alliance, will face a near full-strength Silksworth line-up as the Wearsiders chase a first cup triumph in many years.

The Colliers’ only absentee is Matthew Bray, who is ineligible because he hasn’t played in a previous round.

Runners-up Easington Colliery, celebrating a return to the Ebac Northern League, sign off their league programme at home to Spennymoor Town Reserves, who are in with a chance of finishing fourth in their first season in the league.

The Colliers, with an eye on next Saturday’s Wearside League Cup Final against champions Stockton Town, will give Shaun Smith, Gavin Nesbitt, Bryan Norton and Dale Spence another week to ensure they are fully fit.

Shane O’Brien serves the last game of his ban, but Jordan Thompson comes into the squad.

Spennymoor will also field a weakened line-up. Reece Brown is banned and also out are Ross Morrow and Chris Baxter. David Atkinson, though, could make a return for Moors.

Sunderland West End travel into Yorkshire for their fixture at Richmond Town and will give late fitness tests to Brad Foster, David Keithley and Kieron Martin.

The hosts name a full-strength squad, including the returning Scott Ryan, Adam Simpson, Mark Edzes, Gary Hutchinson and Jason Newall.

Champions Stockton Town, aiming to end the season unbeaten, meet fifth-bottom Prudhoe Town and manager Michael Dunwell could rest several players with an eye on Monday’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup Final at Cleator Moor Celtic.

In any case, Scott Meehan, Chris Stockton and Johnny Johnson are all injured, while James Ward is playing cricket.

Prudhoe’s John Watson and Sam Mannion have also turned their attentions to the summer game and they also miss the suspended Jack Best.

Seaton Carew, who together with Annfield Plain will need to apply for re-election, host third-top Cleator Moor Celtic minus Luke Southern, Andrew McBean and Alan Hoey. Fortunately for manager Mark Loynes, Anthony Davies, Sean Wilson, Jordan Grayson, Jordan Arkwright and Aaron Hopper are available.

Wolviston entertain fourth-top Redcar Athletic in a 1pm kick-off. A win for the Seasiders looks a necessity if they are to end fourth behind Stockton Town, Easington and Cleator Moor.

Will Lawrence, one of five keepers unavailable last week, resumes, allowing makeshift stopper Joe Bennett to revert to his role in central defence.

Redcar hope that top scorer Adam Preston, captain Lance Skelton and Kieron Stares maintain their form. Wolviston are fourth-bottom but with games in hand on the teams around them. Nathan Summersgill is out with a calf injury while a shoulder injury could sideline skipper Shaun Gregory.