WITH the Wearside League season drawing to a close, Sunderland West End and Ashbrooke Belford House are battling for the Sunderland bragging rights.
Currently, West End have the edge on their neighbours. Ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Silksworth Rangers, they are six points better off than Ashbrooke, who have a game in hand.
Fourth-top West End definitely miss Daley Clark and Gavin Dorwood but are hopeful that Stephen Lax and Jamie Fryett will be available.
Silksworth Rangers haven’t enjoyed the same success as their Wearside neighbours and their challenge is to avoid the wooden spoon.
Rangers have beaten West End twice this season but are still the underdogs tomorrow despite having Liam Hodgson, Michael Brunning and Simon Hepinstall available.
Work commitments could sideline Joel Clayton and if he is unable to turn out, Adam Don will deputise.
Two in-form sides meet when Ashbrooke Belford House visit Prudhoe Town. Tommy Dobbing’s side is sixth with the West Tynesiders just two places below.
Martin Deacon is a definitely absentee and Dobbing awaits news on the availability of Kyle Anderson, David Scott and Mark Egglestone. The boss though is hoping to have Paul Robertson, Dale Wells and Kenny Taylor in his squad.
Prudhoe, who have reached two of the three domestic cup finals have Kevin Dixon injured while Gavin Lisle is working.
Despite back-to-back wins, Easington Colliery are fourth from the basement before tackling Redcar Athletic whose form has improved in recent games.
Defender Robert Taylor comes into the Colliers’ pool and young forwards Kieran Gething and Kier McMannus are pressing for places in the starting line-up after impressing when introduced as substitutes last week.
It has been a stop-start season for Redcar who had hoped to go one better and win the Championship after finishing runners-up to Ryhope CW last time.
Their recent form has carried them into the top half of the table and following five successive away games they hope to make home advantage count.
Their chances are enhanced with the return of Roy Hunter, Steve Thompson, Shaun Taylor and Stuart Poulter. Although captain James Smuk is rated doubtful, he is expected to be passed fit.
Harton and Westoe hope to maintain the recent momentum they have built up at the expense of Peterlee Town. Scott Baxter, Kyle Riley and Jack Burrell are added to the Harton squad.
Willington, the only side whose application for promotion to the Ebac Northern League has been accepted by the FA, have a 10 points lead before their visit to Kirkbymoorside.
It’s unlikely that Daniel Lee will play again this season but Paul Bayles comes into the reckoning for Willington.
The Yorkshiremen are considerably stronger with Matty Bower, Chris Hodgson, Chris Rhodes and goalkeeper Marc Tansey in the frame but neither Sarjo Cham nor Jonny Birbeck are available.
Stockton Town are second with two games in hand and a better goals difference than Willington.
The Teessiders are at Gateshead Leam Rangers minus injured trio Danny O’Brien, Scott Meehan and Steve Roberts. In contrast, Leam field their strongest squad with Chris Lowther, Mark Rumbles, Mark Williams and Anthony Thompson all back.
Richmond Town are third, two points behind Stockton with the teams both having played 33 games.
The Yorkshiremen start favourites at second from bottom Annfield Plain even though they go into the game without six of their regular squad.
Jason Newall (ankle), Gary Shardha (chest) and Chris Pattison (ankle) are on the injured list while brothers Ben and Liam Darville are also ruled out,
Jarrow are fourth and they await news on the availability of captain Kyle Pendergood and Ryan Burton for their game at Hartlepool where Tony Chilton is in contention for a place in the starting line-up.
Pools have slipped into the bottom half of the table following recent results but they aim to hit back and their chances are boosted with the inclusion of Alan Hopper, Jack Dixon, Danny Naylor and Shane O’Brien.
Boldon CA are keeping their fingers crossed that goalkeeper Alan Greenan will be able to turn out at Darlington Cleveland Bridge but definitely missing is fullback Michael Lister.
It’s a case of three in and two out for the Bridge. Dale Sheridan, Will Kelly and Brendan Lally return but Luke Black and Dave Vayro cannot play.
Although John Cook comes into the pool, Coxhoe Athletic are minus Brad Cane and Jonathon Hornsby at Cleator Moor Celtic.
Seaton Carew include goalkeeper Gary Fleetham, Craig Lines, Shaun Ross and Andy McBean for the visit of Wolviston who have Carl Kennedy and player/assistant manager Alan Cairns sidelined.