Ryhope CW out to defend winning start in the Wearside League

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Ryhope CW will play their home games at Meadow Park for the foreseeable future because work on their ground is ongoing.

Secretary Dougie Benison explained: “We thought everything would be ready for the start of the season but it could be a few weeks before we can return. We are very grateful to Sunderland RCA for giving us the use of their pitch.”

Tonight, Ryhope CW aim to extend their 100 per cent record to seven games when second from bottom Coxhoe Athletic are visitors.

Their chances are boosted with the return of John Butler, Richard Jordan and Nathan O’Neill. The only absentee from Martin Swales’ squad is suspended Chris Trewick.

Coxhoe, with just one win in eight games, cannot call upon Trevor Tierney, Colin Young, Dan Petts, James Wright or Dan Shannon but Barrie Moses and Michael Johnson have completed bans.

Ashbrooke Belford House host Hartlepool and manager Tommy Dobbing is forced to make changes.

Michael Charlton, Stuart Burton, Ryan Steel and Lee Collings are definitely sidelined while Dean Wells and Martin Deacon are doubtful.

Hartlepool, whose four match winning sequence was ended by Ryhope CW at the weekend, could nevertheless start with the same line-up.

Peterlee Town are at home to leaders Redcar Athletic and manager Don Naylor admits his side faces a difficult challenge.

Shane O’Brien is suspended and Naylor has injury concerns for captain Darren Napier, Philip Robinson, Ron Huntley, Scott Brown and Paul Sullivan.

There is some good news because Daryl Evans and Dean Fox are available.

Boldon CA meet Jarrow in a South Tyneside derby.

Andrew Hunter, re-signed from Jarrow, could play against his former club,

A big blow to the Perth Green outfit is that new keeper Chris Hope, will be out for a month with an ankle injury. In addition, Daryl Donnelly, Stephen Cockburn and Paul Turrell miss tonight’s game through injury.

Willington are at home to Wolviston with Steve Howe and Lee Furber coming into contention while the visitors miss Shaun Gregory and Luke Bennington.