West End face long spell away from home in the Wearside League

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SUNDERLAND West End and Ryhope CW are being forced to use temporary grounds because their own facilities are out of bounds.

West End play at Ford Quarry but recently Legionnaires’ Disease was found in the changing room plumbing and it could be six weeks before they return home.

They had hoped to use Leyburn Grove in Houghton for their midweek fixture but eventually the game with Annfield Plain had to be postponed.

Tomorrow, they have been drawn away to Peterlee Town in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup and joint manager Steve Patton reports that Dave Keighley, Dave Sewell, Jamie Fryett and captain Dave Sanderson are all sidelined.

Stephen Lax and John Coomber return as West End look to build on a promising start.

“We are over the moon with our form during the first month of the season,” said Patton. “We’ve beaten Jarrow and Redcar Athletic, who are both in the top four but we can’t rest on our laurels and need to keep the momentum going at Peterlee.

“It’s just a shame that we’ll not be back at Ford Quarry for a few weeks because we were attracting very good gates,” said Patton.

Ryhope CW are the side to beat. They boast the only 100 per cent record ahead of their tie with Darlington Cleveland Bridge which has been switched to Sunderland RCA’s Meadow Park.

“We had hoped that the improvements to our ground would be completed by now but it’s going to be another few weeks,” said secretary Dougie Benison.

“Meanwhile, we are very grateful to RCA for giving us the use of their facilities.”

Manager Martin Swales cannot call upon the suspended Chris Trewick and will need to assess the fitness of Martin Metcalfe, James Dunn and Callum Charlton before announcing his line-up.

Darlington Cleveland Bridge miss Michael Richardson and Michael Carter but Tom Watson comes into contention.

Silksworth Rangers go to Gateshead Leam Rangers and welcome the return of goalkeeper John McLean, Paul Carr and Eoin Shannon but Anton Crann is injured.

Ashbrooke Belford House have home advantage against full-strength Annfield Plain. Manager Tommy Dobbing has doubts surrounding Michael Charlton, Stuart Burton, Lewis Hutchinson, Mattie Stephens and captain Kenny Taylor.

Brothers Adam and Anthony McDonald and Stuart Ord still have cricket commitments which rule them out of Coxhoe Athletic’s home tie with Jarrow who will be without the injured Chris Hope for a month.

Leaders Redcar Athletic await news on the availability of Greg Booth and Greg Boughey for the Teesside derby with Stockton Town.