Five back as Horden eye top spot with victory at Silksworth

Silksworth CW (red/black) take on Boldon CA in last week's 3-1 League Cup win. Picture by David Allan
Silksworth CW (red/black) take on Boldon CA in last week's 3-1 League Cup win. Picture by David Allan
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HORDEN CW could go top of the Wearside League table if they defeat Silksworth CW on Wearside tomorrow (2pm kick-off).

Keith Brown’s side are only a couple of points behind leaders Stockton Town, but they’ve played seven games more than the Teessiders.

Brown, though, has not given up hope even though Stockton are odds-on favourites to win a third consecutive championship.

Brown welcomes back five players, with Jack Stonehouse, Andy MacLeod, Johnny Payne, Luke Wilson and Andy Lonsdale competing for places in the starting line-up.

But it’s probably too early for Peter Crawford and Ethan Payne to make their comebacks.

Silksworth CW have a new sponsor for their away shirt with Darren Chapman, managing director of local firm The Roof Scientist, having responded to a programme advertisement.

“When I took over as chairman it was difficult to attract local businesses, but, after reaching a cup final for the first time in 60 years, firms have become interested,” said Phil Tye.

The Colliers welcome back captain Michael McVey and Mark Robinson but have an injury doubt for Dan Martin.

Third-placed Easington Colliery trail Stockton by eight points, having played two more games. They travel to Leam Rangers, where manager Paul Frame and his assistant Craig Parkinson will name 17-year-old local lad Lee Moore in the starting line-up.

Shane O’Brien and Jordan Thompson return to a strong 18-man squad and the only absentee is the Ian Redman. Rangers miss Chris Lowther and Brodie Simpson but skipper Craig Hall is named.

Ashbrooke Belford House are at fourth-top Redcar Athletic for a tough test minus Dave Stevens, Dillon Holden and Lewis Hutchinson.

Skipper Mark Green comes into the frame alongside newcomers Sam Robinson and Adam Frame.

Alex Anderson, who has missed Redcar’s last two matches through injury, is still struggling and could again be sidelined. Sam Webster, though, is available pressing for a place in the side.

Leaders Stockton Town, with 20 wins and one draw from 21 games, have home advantage over Jarrow.

The Teessiders again list youngsters Macaulay Longstaff, Anton Buchan and Ben Priestly and Scott Meehan may be involved at some stage as he builds up match fitness.

Jarrow, who have slipped to fourth from bottom, cannot include Peter Cane or Gary Taylor but are hopeful of Andrew Wilkinson being available.

Spennymoor Town Reserves miss injured pair Neil Charlton and Chris Baxter, but otherwise manger Carl Beasley has a full squad to choose from for the attractive fixture with Sunderland West End at Ford Quarry.

There is a derby on South Tyneside, with Boldon CA at home to Harton and Westoe CW.

Ricky Brown is expected to recover from a hamstring strain and Harton’s only doubt is keeper Kevin Garrick with a slight calf strain.

After the game, Harton will bid farewell to skipper Scott Edwards who is moving abroad for a year.

Despite losing heavily last weekend, manager Keith Sheardown is ready to keep face with the same group of players for Annfield Plain’s home fixture with Whitehaven. He said: “They could not play like that again so I’ll give them another chance.”

Hartlepool will be considerably stronger at home to Prudhoe Town, with David Thompson, Shannon Davis, Shaun Scotter, Sam Book, Jack Swales, Kyle McDermott and Callum Sweeney in contention.

Prudhoe have goalkeeper Ryan Chambers and Kevin Moreland included in their squad.

Bottom club Wolviston go to Richmond Town without the injured Chris Fairless, but midfielder Matty Watson and defender Luke Bennington are likely to play.

Town have concerns over Michael Layfield, Scott Guy, Mark Edzes and Mark Sims.