Wearside League: Three out as West End look to regain third place with victory at Leam Rangers

Sunderland West End (red/white) take on Gateshead Reserves last weekend. Picture by Kevin Brady
Sunderland West End (red/white) take on Gateshead Reserves last weekend. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Sunderland West End have the chance to move back up to third place if they can beat out-of-sorts Leam Rangers at the Hilltop Ground tomorrow.

Hosts Leam have conceded 12 goals in their last three games and have now leaked 53 goals, a figure exceeded by only two other sides.

West End manager Anth Nelson, though, will need to change his squad since Stephen Lax and Keiron Martin are suspended. Another absentee is frontman Barry Turton, but John Coomber and David Keithley come into his plans.

Leam are now eighth-bottom, and they have defender Leon Kane serving the second game of a three-match ban. Centre-half David Stephenson meanwhile, limped out of last week’s game with a hamstring strain and is a major doubt.

Horden CW are on the fringe of the championship race and recently-appointed manager Martin Mulcaster will have a full squad at his disposal, for the trip to second-bottom Prudhoe Town.

Prudhoe, with just two wins in 17 attempts, miss Ryan Chambers and brothers Jack and Thomas Wanless but are hopeful that Kevin Moreland will be able to play.

Ashbrooke Belford House will be looking to maintain their recent good form by winning at Annfield Plain, where once again they are forced into making a number of changes.

Club captain Mark Green, Adam Hopps, Lee Owens, Jordan Birnie and Corey Steele resume, but Michael Young is banned and knee injuries rule out Dillon Holden, Lewis Hutchinson and David Christie.

Murton will be in a better frame of mind for their home fixture with Cleator Moor Celtic, after claiming only their second point of the season last weekend.

Murton prop up the table and are the only team yet to record a victory.

There’s a local derby at Perth Green between Jarrow and Boldon CA. Just one point separates the sides although Jarrow, who are marginally ahead, have three games in hand on their neighbours, who miss Adam Bell and James Pickering.

Leaders Redcar Athletic are on cup duty, giving Stockton Town the chance to regain pole position.

Manager Michael Dunwell takes a squad of 19 to Whitehaven, his only absentees being goalkeeper Michael Arthur and Sonny Coleman.

Five sides are involved in the Durham County Trophy.

Silksworth CW, who won the competition last season, will aim to make home advantage count against Bishop Auckland Reserves.

The Colliers welcome back captain Michael McVay and Andrew Place but a major blow is the news that centre-half Kyle Connolly is likely to be out for three months with an ankle injury.

Harton and Westoe CW boss Simon Johnson reports that neither Shaun Heads nor Sean Flood will figure at Hartlepool, but Derek Bulman and Neil Crammon come into his plans.

Pool, in a rich vein of form, are at full strength with the inclusion of Lee Jones, Mattie Hyson and Luke Hogan.

Durham City Reserves are the attractive visitors to Coxhoe for the tie with Spennymoor Town Reserves, who have no selection concerns.

Wolviston, at home to Gateshead Rutherford, are delighted that leading scorer Andrew Blackburn and strike partner Chris Fairless are both available.

Defender Andrew McGirr is serving a one-match ban, while work commitments sideline Evan McAvoy.

Leaders Redcar Athletic face Richmond Town win the Shipowners’ Cup.

Redcar manager Steve Connolly has the luxury of naming a strong side. Last week he had to make three late signings just to make up the squad.

One of the newcomers, Danny Wray, made an impressive debut at the back and will be looking to keep his place in the starting line-up.