Boldon CA go Spanish with signing of duo

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Boldon CA could include two Spaniards in their squad to face Sunderland West End at Ford Quarry tomorrow.

Manager Paul Mossa has signed goalkeeper Rodrigo Escudero Boix and striker Cristian Lopes Mas, who are studying in the North East. The pair have played in the LA Liga Youth League.

Regular goalkeeper James Long and striker Adam Sharp will both require fitness tests before Mossa is able to finalise his line-up.

Sunderland West End boss Anth Nelson wasn’t happy with his team’s performance last week and the one-time leaders are now third.

“Teams saw the start to the season we made and are trying very hard against us. We’ve got to up our game, starting against Boldon” declared Nelson, who is pleased that Barry Turton, Tom Price and Jamie Fryatt are back.

Neil Bussey continues in goal, while Stephen Lax and Dan Martin will hope to start in defence.

Silksworth CW’s recently appointed manager, Sean Butler, has added four newcomers to his squad with Michael Slater, Michael Noble, Lewis Turnbull and Adam Drysdale named for the visit to Cleator Moor Celtic.

Also included are Rhys Brown, Scott Mould and Andrew Donnelly, but it’s unlikely that Neil Jones or Michael Melmore will play again before the new year.

Meanwhile, fitness coach Mark Robinson has joined Seaham Red Star.

Ashbrooke Belford House have Michael Young suspended and Nathan Burrell is an injury doubt, but Adam Hopps and Lee Owens resume at home to Prudhoe Town.

Murton, with only one point from 16 games during their first season in the competition, face another huge task at in-form Hartlepool, who have moved into fourth place.

Pools have Lee Jones, Ash Turnbull and Paul Playfor in the frame and young John Stephenson, who had an excellent 20 minutes coming off the bench last week, is also included in a strong squad.

Jarrow aim to make home advantage count against Whitehaven and they are close to having their strongest pool of players available, the only absentee being Nick Payne.

Harton and Westoe travel down the A19 to Wolviston and have concerns for several players. Shaun Stevens, Neil Crammon, Phil Turner, Adam Smith and Sean Flood are all doubtful, but Carl Evans, Andrew Hall and Andy Hill will be competing for places.

Wolviston, fourth from the basement, welcome back club skipper Shaun Gregory, Matthew Bayston and Mark Ferguson, but leading scorer Andy Blackburn is working.

Stockton Town are looking ominous as they bid for a fourth consecutive championship. They moved into pole position in midweek and have scored 15 goals in their last two games, taking their total to 61 from 13 games, conceding only nine.

The Teessiders are favourites to claim another three points at the expense of visitors Annfield Plain, especially as they have no selection worries.

Seaham Red Start Reserves are third bottom and they meet Spennymoor Town Reserves at Coxhoe. The hosts cannot call upon Kai Willis or Chris Baxter, but Neil Charlton is available.

Horden CW face a tough afternoon at second top Redcar Athletic, who include brothers Liam and Lewis Wood along with newcomer Gavin Simcox, who put in a solid performance when he made his debut last weekend.

Leon Kane has completed a ban, but Alan Mulholland is an injury doubt for Liam Rangers at Richmond Town who have signed Ciaran Foley. Karl Latcham cannot play, but defender Andrew Mackintosh and winger Josh Gardiner are included.