EASINGTON Colliery, who will meet Ryhope CW in the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup on May 2, have a nine-point lead going into tomorrow’s game against Coxhoe Athletic.
Manager Andy Colledge is forced to make changes to the side which enjoyed a six-goal romp in midweek. Simon Todd, Ben Riding, John Harrison and David Doughty are all out but fortunately Adam McGuinness and Michael Wright can play.
Coxhoe are second from bottom and they too have selection concerns. Paul Cantwell, Indy Singh, Philip Bulmer and Dan Hatton are all doubtful.
Ryhope CW, still involved in three domestic cup competitions, make the short journey to Ashbrooke Belford House, waiting on the availability of Jonathan Davis and Kenny Linton.
His opposite number, Tommy Dobbin, could introduce three new players if the transfers are completed in time. Brett Wilson and Mark Egglestone definitely come into his plans but Chris Charlton is suspended while Lee Davison is getting married.
The race for the championship looks to have narrowed down to three clubs. Although third-placed New Marske are three points behind Ryhope CW, they have two games in hand before their journey to Cleator Moor Celtic.
Silksworth, with ten games to play before they call it a day, are anxious to end on a high but could find it difficult at Jarrow, who have lost only once this year.
Once again, manager Steven Smith cannot name several players with Anthony Mustard, Richard Maughan, Michael Renshaw, Gary Tyzack, Trevor Todd, David McKinley and Jonathan Fox all sidelined. Fortunately, Owen Shannon, James Hepinstall and Alan Golightly are pencilled into the team sheet.
Houghton Town face a testing afternoon at fifth-placed Kirkbymoorside, who have leading scorer Rob McDermid banned.
Boldon CA have languished near the foot of the table for most of the season but after scoring nine goals in the last two games, manager Malcolm Reay is confident the South Tynesiders can finish on a high. Wolviston are tomorrow’s visitors.