Ball has Ryhope CW bouncing for Whickham visit

Ryhope CW (red) take on Heaton Stannington in a recent Northern League Division Two match
Ryhope CW (red) take on Heaton Stannington in a recent Northern League Division Two match
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RYHOPE CW are aiming to extend their best unbeaten sequence of the season at the expense of Whickham in Division Two tomorrow.

Jonny Ball, signed from Billingham Synthonia, is the sixth goalkeeper they have fielded this season. He’s impressed, conceding only four goals in five games which resulted in four wins and a draw.

Another newcomer from Newton Aycliffe, Conor Winter has also played a part in the team’s revival, with three goals in two matches.

Josh Home-Jackson returns to an almost full strength side.

Leaders Seaham Red Star return to action at home to strugglers Stokesley SC tomorrow.

Boss Mark Collingwood reports that Adam Johnston, Gary Shaw and Bradley Staunch are ruled out, but Warren Byrne returns to the attack.

Chester-le-Street are at bottom side Brandon United without Robbie Draper and Joe Hamblin, but Lewis Herron, Ben Johnson and Jake Stafford come into the plans of manager Colin Wake.

“We’re hoping to maintain a mini unbeaten run but aware that Brandon are fighting for their lives,” observed Wake.

Norton and Stockton Ancients, who are eight points behind Red Star having played three more fixtures, take on Ryton and Crawcrook Albion missing Luke Johnson, Mitch Morris, Nicky Martin and Michael Jameson, but manager Andy Campbell reckons they’ll still be strong enough to win three crucial points.

Washington go to relegation-threatened Tow Law Town, Team Northumbria are at Esh Winning while the other side in the promotion mix, Hebburn Town, take on Darlington RA.