Dobbing ready to take charge for the final time

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MANAGER Tommy Dobbing takes charge of Ashbrooke Belford House for the last time tonight when Harton and Westoe bring the Wearside League curtain down at Silksworth.

Dobbing, who first managed Rolls Royce in 1986, announced last August that this would be his last season.

He said: “We’re now established as a Wearside League club and it’s time for me to bow out.

“I’ve enjoyed my time both at Rolls Royce and with Ashbrooke and I’ll be staying on in some capacity although I’m not sure at present what role I will fill.”

After Dobbing, Paul Robertson and Kenny Taylor will jointly be at the helm when the new season gets under way in less than three months time.

Tonight, Dobbing misses Paul Grainger, Mark Eggleston and David Scott as Ashbrooke look to finish in the top six.

Sunderland West End will attempt to dent Stockton Town’s championship celebrations when the sides meet on Teesside. Stockton require just one point from their penultimate game to pip Willington at the post.

The Wearsiders are again minus Lloyd Conlon and Gavin Dorwood and several other players are doubtful because of work commitments.

Stockton, just a point behind Willington who have completed their programme, go into the crucial fixture with a greatly superior goals difference to their only rivals for the Championship.

The Teessiders’ hopes are boosted with the expected availability of Steve Roberts and Tom Atkinson.

Easington Colliery will end second bottom regardless of the outcome of their final game tat Coxhoe Athletic where Alex Kempster will need a late fitness check. Antony Phillipson though is in contention for a place in the starting line-up.

Coxhoe Athletic are fifth from bottom and they have Mark Watson sidelined with an injury.

Doubts surround Kyle Gott and Philip Best but Kyle Wren and Tom Orton are added to the squad.

Annfield Plain are looking to move out of the bottom three by defeating Seaton Carew at Derwent Park. Work commitments and injuries could mean them fielding a weakened side but in contrast, Seaton should have a number of players back who are absent after the weekend.

Jarrow, who after tonight will play the final League fixture at Cleator Moor Celtic on Saturday, are much nearer to home. They make the short journey to Gateshead Leam Rangers unable to call upon Anth Myers and Shaun Heads. Leam’s will field a strong line-up with Chris Lowther their only injury concern.

Redcar Athletic entertain Kirkbymoorside with a top six place still within their grasp. The Seasiders are without Lewis Wood, who scored one of his team’s three goals in the win over Jarrow on Monday night.