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HERRINGTON READY FOR HUGE TEST

Nissan Wearside League

HERRINGTON CWs up and down Second Division season will get a massive test tomorrow when they host top-flight stalwarts Birtley Town in an attractive Monkwearmouth Cup tie.

Herrington must play to their best ability to have a chance of creating an upset against Town, who expect to give debuts to David Woods and striker Gary Dryden, signed from local junior football. Jonathan Crone returns, but David Turner is doubtful with flu.

Ferryhill manager Jimmy OSullivan reports a clean bill of health for their tie at First Division high-fliers New Marske, and are looking for a similar performance, but with more luck up front, to last weeks loss to Stokesley.

Ryhope CW put up a spirited performance in going down 2-0 to Red House last week – and boss Les Shaw wants the same attitude against Whitehaven tomorrow. He would like to name an unchanged team, and includes Dean Whiting, possibly as a substitute, now that his suspension is completed.

In Division One, Paul Thu rings the changes as Jarrow, thrashed 11-2 last week, host Wolviston. Keeper Phil Dolphin was injured last week, but Lee Jackson is free from his ban. Annfield Plain hope to play their first game in seven weeks when Harton and Westoe visit, but prospects "do not look too good".

Nissan are set to be unchanged for their top of the table clash at North Shields, although they have lost coach Gavin Liddle, who has joined Red House WMC to resume playing again.

New Cleadon SC manager Steve Duguid is poised to name an unchanged team to face Stanley United, who miss Alan Lamb and captain John Parnaby but hope to make a surprise new signing.

Red House entertain Boldon CA. Gavin Liddle could make his debut, but Anthony Howarth is banned and Steven Golightly is doubtful. Vince Brand, sorely missed recently, is nearing full fitness and could face a late fitness test.