Wearside League: Ryhope set sights on place in cup final

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RYHOPE CW, who now trail leaders Easington Colliery by just six points, aim to reach the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup when they host Kirkbymoorside tomorrow.

Manager Martin Swales welcomes the return of John Butler, Richard Jordan and David Anderson but awaits news on the availability of three players.

Lloyd Conlin, Lenny Linton and Clayton Davis, who scored a hat-trick playing at right-back last Saturday, will undergo late fitness tests.

The Yorkshiremen also have injury concerns. Brothers Daryl and Aaron Rivis, together with Eddie Strickland and Liam Cooper, are definitely out. In addition, Ryan Cooper’s chances of playing are not rated very highly.

Easington are also bidding for a place on the final and they host Cleator Moor Celtic.

Boss Andy Colledge cannot name midfielders Paul Coxon or Michael Graver, while strikers Barry Turton and David Doughty are also absent.

In the League, Houghton Town face a daunting task at New Marske, who are six points behind second-placed Ryhope CW with three games in hand.

The visitors are set to hand a full debut to James Cassidy and await fitness reports on Liam Milburn and Andrew Gartland. Chris Curtis and Simon Williamson are sidelined.

New Marske cannot name Marc Dawson while Michael Mackin, Danny Wilkinson and Ricky Phillips are expected to have recovered from slight knocks.

Ashbrooke Belford House are at Darlington Cleveland Bridge and manager Tommy Dobbing cannot call upon Neil Scaife, Marc Egglestone, Ryan Steele or Brett Wilson.

The Bridge, equal on points with the Wearsiders in the top six, are also severely depleted. Gary Buckley, Stephen Wake, Gavin Wilson, Stephen Petch and Anthony McLachlan are definite non starters.

Silksworth, third from the basement, have home advantage over basement side Prudhoe Town who will field their first choice line up. Silksworth though cannot include Anthony Mustard, Jonathon Fox or Michael Renshaw in an 18-man squad.

Jarrow hope to complete a quick double over Windscale whom they defeated last weekend. Manager Dave Bell has injury doubts surrounding Chris McDonald, Daryl Donnelly and Daryl Turnbull.

The Cumbrians are boosted by the availability of Michael Farrer and Luke Smith but Laurie Black is struggling with an injury.

Wilkinson has signed Stuart Walker as cover for goalkeeper Andrew Stocks, who is out with broken fingers.

James Seymour (groin) also misses the home fixture against Redcar Athletic, who expect to include Steve Thompson, James Smuk and Andrew Porritt at Hall Lane.

Both Boldon CA and Annfield Plain have no selection concerns when the pair meet on South Tyneside.

Jack Dixon comes into contention for Hartlepool after playing for Cleveland Colleges last week. Visitors Wolviston could be minus 22-goal striker Kallum Hannah, but captain Shaun Gregory and Nathan Summersgill are expected to play.