Wearside League: West End finally at full strength for Seaham trip

Wearside League action between Ashbrooke Belford House and Silksworth CW (red and black)
Wearside League action between Ashbrooke Belford House and Silksworth CW (red and black)
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Sunderland West End make the short journey to Seaham Red Star Reserves tomorrow aiming to maintain their challenge for honours.

Anth Nelson’s side are sixth in the table, but, despite being 10 points adrift of leaders Redcar Athletic, have six games in hand on the Seasiders.

“For the first time this season, I’ve got a full squad available. Keiron Martin and Stephen Lax have completed bans and Jordan Cook will be looking for a start in midfield after missing a couple of games,” revealed boss Nelson.

Ashbrooke Belford House are a point and one place above West End, but they have played seven more games.

Joint manager Asa Dobbing, buoyant after his 10-man side defeated fourth-top Hartlepool 4-2 in midweek, reports that once again it’s all change for the Wearsiders.

Knee injuries sideline Lewis Hutchinson and Dillon Holden, while Stephen Halliday and Kevin Humble are suspended.

Michael Young comes into contention, having completed a lengthy seven-match ban, while David Scott, Mason Burton and Lee Andrews are also available.

Ashbrooke are away to Spennymoor Town Reserves, who have an almost clean bill of health, their only doubt being Neil Charlton.

Silksworth CW boss Sean Butler has made it clear that he will not be making any further signings in the immediate future.

Ahead of the home clash with bottom club Murton, he said: “Since I took over last month, I’ve signed 11 players and released six.

“Now is the time for the squad to settle down.”

Butler has brought in ex-Leicester City and Darlington player Gary Coatsworth as coach.

Anthony Phillipson, Dan Pearson and Matthew Bray are named in the Silksworth squad, but Rhys Brown is away and both Lewis Turnbull and Dean Randall will need their fitness assessed before Butler can finalise his side.

Horden CW are up to full-strength, with Shaun Fisk included by manager Martin Mulcaster for the visit of leaders Redcar Athletic.

The Colliers will need to be on top form, especially at the back, since Redcar are joint top scorers with 73 goals and, in Sam Webster and Lewis Wood, have a potent attacking force.

Hartlepool, whose title challenge was derailed when they were beaten by Ashbrooke Belford House on Wednesday, start favourites against second-bottom Wolviston.

Rhys Morris, Ashley Clark, Luke Hogan and Kalon Lloyd, who were ruled out of the last match through work commitments, return.

Experienced central defender David Thompson, who has rejoined Pool from Seaham Red Star Reserves, is also available.

Following a rare win in the Durham Trophy last weekend, Wolviston will be keen to put much-needed points on the board.

Their chances are enhanced by the inclusion of defender Andrew McGirr and midfielder David Johnson after bans.

But utility player Mark Ferguson misses out, while manager Steve Cook is expected to make a couple of signings before kick-off.

Jarrow travel to Cumbria for their fixture at Whitehaven unable to call upon Kris Allen, Paul Trosh or Brodie Simpson, but Mark Williams and Paul Burrell will make the journey.

Prudhoe Town bring in Ryan Chambers and David Wansell against Richmond Town, who have goalkeeper Karl Latcham available, but midfielders Mark Edzes and Darren Swankie are doubtful, with ankle problems.

Annfield Plain have a glut of injuries to contend with but are hopeful that Michael Brown and Martin O’Neill will be available at home to Leam Rangers, who miss suspended pair Leon Kane and David Stevenson.

Boldon CA manager Paul Mossa awaits news on the fitness of striker Adam Sharp and defender Jonny Gage for the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup semi-final tie at Stockton Town, who are injury-free as they look to retain the trophy.

Boldon manager Paul Mossa has welcomed the addition of ex-Harton and Westoe CW boss Simon Johnson to his management team

Mossa said: “We welcomed Simon into the management team on Wednesday night and he was well impressed with the performance (in a 7-0 win over Murton).

“Our ability, talent and motivation is clear for everyone to see and our reputation is growing rapidly.

“Simon will be a very important addition to our growth moving forward and immediately fits in with the squad and the management.”

Harton and Westoe CW will hope to make home advantage count in the other semi, but they could find it difficult against third-top Cleator Moor Celtic.