Butler return a boost for Ryhope

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WITH second-top Northallerton Town on Vase duty, Ryhope CW have the chance to stretch their lead at the top of Division Two to eight points when they take on Birtley Town.

Assistant manager Sean Butler reports that both Nathan O’Neill and Dean Arkley are definite non-starters but top scorer John Butler has completed a ban.

Birtley cannot name Ben Johnson, but Peter Henderson comes into the plans of manager Scott Oliver who is looking forward to the game despite the wide gulf between the teams.

Horden CW travel to Alnwick Town with new signing Craig Ferguson in line to make his debut. Martin O’Riordan could also be involved but Ashley Gillespie is a definitely non-starter while goalkeeper Ant McIver and striker Darren Atkinson are doubtful.

Seaham Red Star could move into the promotion places if they maintain winning form at Darlington RA where Adam Bell and Paul Cane are expected to be available but Kevin Gordon and Adam Drysdale continue on the sidelines.

Following their midweek success which lifted them to mid table, Washington could be forced into making changes at Ryton and Crawcrook Albion with Dan Young and Graeme Carter struggling with injuries.