Easington look for repeat win

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Wearside League

by Malcolm Pratt

EASINGTON Colliery will aim to complete a quick double over Harton and Westoe tomorrow when the sides meet for the second time in four days.

On Wednesday, the Colliers enjoyed a 4-1 victory on South Tyneside in the Durham Challenge Cup and again start favourites for the rematch.

Manager Paul Frame and his assistant Craig Parkinson have boosted an already strong squad with the signing of Michael Turnbull, who last season played for Seaham Red Star.

Captain Chris Pearson has completed a ban and also back are Jordan Thompson and Michael Watson.

A blow, though, is the news that striker Michael Pattison is expected to be sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.

Frame will partner Dale Spence and David Paul up front and the pair will look to extend their goalscoring form.

Easington are second top and Silksworth CW are fourth going into their game at Hartlepool.

The Wearsiders will show a number of changes. James Hepinstall, Leon Symonds and Mark Robinson are unavailable but Willie Crew, Liam Gill, Jordan Birnie and Michael Brunning come into contention.

Pool have signed Paul Playfor from local football and also name Matthew Kelty and Jamie Davis. Carl O’Sullivan, who has impressed following his promotion from the reserves, could make the starting line-up, but work commitments sideline Craig Lines and Craig Garthwaite is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Horden CW are at home to Redcar Athletic who, following two lacklustre draws, are looking to get back to winning form.

The Seasiders miss defenders Chris Bivens and Liam Wood but Lee Blackburn and Sam Webster are looking to start after being introduced as substitutes last week.

Michael Woodhouse, meanwhile, is hoping to rediscover the form which saw him net eight goals in the first four games.

The match of the day is expected to be between leaders Stockton Town and Spennymoor Town Reserves.

The Teessiders boast a 100 per cent record and their nine victories have produced the impressive goals ratio of 45 for and only four against.

They have re-signed Joe Eastley from Wolviston and he is included in a strong squad of 23 players.

Although they suffered an unexpected set back last week, Spennymoor are expected to challenge for the championship and manager Carl Beasley has no injury concerns.

Prudhoe Town could have three new players in their line-up at Richmond Town who welcome the availability of Andy McIntosh, Chris Duckitt, Ray Asimba and Scott Ryan. The Yorkshiremen, with just one win all season, have also been busy on the transfer front, bringing in Adam Emson and Adam Simpson.

Ashbrooke Belford House line up with Jarrow at Perth Green in the preliminary round of the Durham Challenge Cup. Joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that it’s a case of three in and three out for the Wearsiders.

Although Mark Green, Lee Andrews and David Christie are sidelined, their absence is compensated for by the availability of Shaun Petch, Callum Hodgson and Josh Farquar.

There is a Tyne-Wear derby at Hilltop between Leam Rangers and Sunderland West End.

Both teams delay announcing their squad for what could be a close result.

With Jason Jones away, Boldon CA have assistant manger Phil Turnbull in charge of their side at Annfield Plain, whose boss Keith Sheardown will field his strongest squad.