West End turn to youth

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SUNDERLAND West End have suffered a blow to their Wearside League ambitions, with experienced players Stephen Lax and Ross Kennedy leaving the club.

West End include Lee Smith in a very young squad for tonight’s visit of Darlington Cleveland Bridge to Ford Quarry (6.30pm).

Although Gavin Wilson and David Hookway return, Bridge miss Michael Hillary, Jordan Steele and John Clegg.

Silksworth Rangers are in Cumbria to visit Cleator Moor Celtic. Goalkeeper John McLean is unavailable and Adam Don continues to deputise.

Ashbrooke Belford House manager Tommy Dobbing cannot name captain Kenny Taylor, Paul Grainger or Martin Deacon at home to Hartlepool (7.30pm) Mark Green and Mark Egglestone come into Dobbing’s plans and he hopes that Kyle Anderson will come through a late fitness check.

Peterlee Town joint managers Paul Frame and Craig Parkinson aim to make it three wins on the bounce in the home derby with Easington Colliery (7.30pm).

David Newby and Craig McManus could make their debuts and Dale Spence is available for the first time this season.

Captain Michael Noble, who missed Saturday’s game, is back, but Calvin Magnus, Marc Stephenson and Anth Rogerson are sidelined.

The Newtowners hope that strikers Kris Johnson and Paul Taylor will be able to continue their partnership.

Boldon CA hope to field Alan Greenan at Annfield Plain, but several players are struggling with injuries.

Two sides with 100 per cent records go head to head tonight when Willington host Jarrow at Hall Lane.

“Something will have to give. They surprisingly lost a cup game at the weekend so they’ll be out to bounce back. I think it will be a close encounter,” said Willington secretary Jeff Siddle. The hosts have Mark Foster suspended, while John Richardson is suffering with a back injury.

Harton and Westoe, at home to Redcar Athletic, include Owen Peterson, Steven Pearce and David Graham in a full-strength squad.

Away to Seaton Carew, Coxhoe Athletic have Paul Orton available for the first time this season. New signing Billy Gatenby and James Oldfield could play a part at some stage, but Coxhoe miss Philip Best nor Neil Charlton.