Crunch clash for Ryhope

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THE final programme of the year takes place tomorrow and Ryhope CW aim to still be in pole position of the Wearside League at the start of 2012.

They face a crunch game at home to third-top Stockton Town who, following an indifferent start, have come up on the rails and are now genuine championship contenders.

The Wearsiders go into the clash just one point in front of Redcar Athletic but they have a game in hand and a better goals difference than their nearest rivals.

Stockton Town are seven points adrift of Martin Swales’ side but a win would put the pressure on Ryhope and could cost them the leadership.

Swales welcomes back Shaun Petch and Greg Swansbury but James Baxter and Captain Phil Hall are doubtful.

Although Mattie Hyson is suspended, Stockton are boosted with the inclusion of Michael Waller, Adam Nicholson and David Dowd.

Redcar Athletic travel to Cleator Moor Celtic buoyant after scoring 23 goals in the last three games.

They have injury concerns, however, for strikers James Kesterton and Stuart Poulter while Liam Wood, Lance Skelton and Nicky Ward are also struggling.

James Smuk is back from a one match ban and Redcar also expect to name Richie Playforth and Shaun Taylor.

At the other end of the table, Coxhoe Athletic host top six side Darlington Cleveland Bridge definitely missing Dean O’Rourke, Paul Orton and Craig Ferguson.

Their line-up could also miss Anthony McDonald and Alex Cantwell but there is some good news in that Barrie Moses, Dan Shannon and Anthony Lowerson are back.

The Bridge name Steven Wake but go without Jack Johns, John Clegg and Gavin Wilson.

Silksworth Rangers are second from the basement before visiting Jarrow in a re-arranged fixture. Secretary David Steele anticipates completing the signing of Andy Jamieson in time for him to make his debut. Goalkeeper James McLean, Michael Curtis and James Gilhespy should also make the starting line-up.

Ashbrooke Belford House entertain Kirkbymoorside with both teams in the bottom four. Manager Tommy Dobbing reports that Stuart Burton resumes following a long lay-off through injury.

Captain Kenny Taylor and Michael Charlton are added to Ashbrooke’s squad but neither Mark Eggleston nor Elliott Moan can play.

The Yorkshiremen are without Drew McCoubrey and Mattie Bower but are hopeful of Eddie Strickland making the journey to Wearside.

Annfield Plain await news on the availability of several players before they tackle Boldon CA who have Shaun Heads and Mark Wright in contention. Graeme Matthewson, however, is expected to be leaving the club.

The suspended Steven Robinson is Leam Rangers’ only absentee at home to Wolviston who are minus Liam Robson. He has left the club but Shaun Gregory is added to the squad.

Full-strength Prudhoe Town meet Willington who are strengthened with the availability of Wayne Dobinson and Michael Yorke.