Butler blow as Ryhope target top spot in the Wearside League

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RYHOPE CW have the chance to move into pole position tomorrow.

The majority of sides are involved in cup competitions, leaving Ryhope needing just one point from their derby at home to Silksworth Rangers to hit the top.

That would be sufficient to send Martin Swales’ team ahead of Redcar Athletic.

A big blow for Ryhope, though, is the unavailability of leading scorer John Butler, who added another two strikes to his impressive tally in Wednesday night’s victory over Washington.

In addition, the availability of Liam Dunn and James Dunn is in doubt.

Although Silksworth have shown improvement in recent games, they remain second from bottom and have conceded more goals than any other side.

Only another two league games will be played. Annfield Plain take a full squad to Kirkbymoorside who include Rob McDermid, who has returned from Whitby Town. Young goalkeeper Liam Giles also comes into contention but Drew McCoubrey is banned.

Stockton Town aim to consolidate a top six place when they line up at home to Willington. The Teessiders have Jair da Silva banned and await news on the fitness of Tom Hinchley, Adrian Swan and Richard Farrell.

Ashbrooke Belford House line up at Peterlee Town in the Wearside League Cup and manager Tommy Dobbing cannot name Michael Charlton, Mark Green, Stuart Burton or Alan Young, but he’s hopeful of goalkeeper Brett Wilson and Jack Lilley turning out.

Coxhoe Athletic are on Wearside for their tie with Sunderland West End. Although Barrie Moses and Dan Shannon are absentees, Adam McDonald, Dean O’Rourke and Craig Ferguson are added to the squad.

Chris Winn completes a ban tomorrow, but otherwise Prudhoe Town have a full pool of players on standby for the visit of Darlington Cleveland Bridge.

The visitors have Anth McLachlan and Michael Richardson on the injured list but expect Brendan Lally to be involved at some stage.

Boldon CA chairman Kevin Oliver is desperately searching for a goalkeeper for the South Tynesiders home tie with Cleator Moor Celtic.

Regular stopper Jak Wells has a broken finger and reserves Lee Jackson and Simon Parkin are both working.

Also missing is Mark Williams with a back injury, but Shaun Reay, who played 10 minutes making his come back last Saturday, may be involved from the start.

Jarrow have home advantage against STL Northern League First Division side Norton and Stockton Ancients in the Durham Challenge Cup. Peter Kirkham and Chris Hope miss out, but Lee Brand is available.

Hartlepool play Wolviston for the third consecutive season and they are ready to include recent signings Jed Livingstone, Danny Bartram and 6ft 8in goalkeeper Mike Hiskett.

Gateshead Leam Rangers are also on cup duty at Hartlepool Town and although Scott Kerr and Adam Carr are back, Steven and David Kerr are unavailable because of work commitments.