ASHBROOKE Belford House joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that brothers Kieron and Josh Holliday along with Kevin Gordon, Adam Drysdale, David Stevens, Kirk Hardy and Callum Hodgson could feature against Hartlepool at Silksworth tomorrow – the opening day of the Wearside League season.
Mark Green, Ian Potts, David Christie and Lee Andrews miss out through injury and also absent are Steven Bogie, Michael Melmore and Brett Wilson.
Following a disappointing season last time, Hartlepool have gone for experience signing Jack Gibson, who was recently released by Scunthorpe United, ex-Hartlepool United and Carlisle United youth team player Bradley Staunch and the former Leeds United player Kevin Dixon.
Silksworth CW are at Richmond Town. Michael McVay is team captain while Stephen Bradshaw and Mark Robinson have returned to the club. Five players though are unavailable with Michael Brunning, Liam Simmons, Willie Crew, Jamie Clark and Andrew Place all ruled out.
Easington Colliery are anxious to return to the Ebac Northern League and manager Paul Frame and his assistant Craig Parkinson have boosted the squad.
“We won the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup last season and ended sixth so we have a platform on which to build a promotion challenge,” claimed Parkinson.
The Colliers have brought in centre-half Chris Pearson from Crook Town and he will captain the side, starting at Cleator Moor Celtic.
Another ex-Crook player, 17-year-old Sam Hogg will put pressure on Kyle Donaldson while Marc Moon (Brandon United), Shaun Smith, Lewis Lynch (South Shields) and brothers Paul and Liam Wintrip (Murton CW) together with Liam Beeston will be competing for places.