In-form Ryhope CW are gearing themselves up for the run in

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RYHOPE CW have been in superb form for several weeks but the big question is, can they overcome their final hurdles?

Martin Swales’ side have won the last 12 league games during which they racked up 46 goals and conceded only two.

During this time, they also lifted the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup and the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.

With only four league games to play, they are in pole position, two points ahead of Easington Colliery with a game in hand and a much superior goal difference.

And on the last day of the season, they line up against Willington at Hall Lane in the final of the Wearside League Cup.

“You could say, it’s two down and two to go,” said secretary Dougie Benison.

“It would be a fantastic achievement to win all four domestic competitions, but a lot can happen in our last five games.

“We’ve got to maintain the magnificent form we’ve shown recently and cannot afford any slip-ups, starting at Redcar Athletic tomorrow afternoon.”

Since defeating Easington Colliery on Monday in the Shipowners’ Cup, Ryhope have enjoyed the luxury of not having a second midweek game, giving manager Swales the opportunity to check on the fitness of his squad.

He is likely to be without David Anderson and Nathan O’Neil and awaits news on the availability of Nathan Johnson and Clayton Davis before announcing his line-up.

Redcar Athletic, who earlier in the season applied for promotion to the STL Northern League but subsequently withdrew their interest, are in the top six.

A boost to their chances is the return of key players Billy Millington, Dan Drazdauskas and Liam Wood but Steve Thompson misses out.

After conceding five points in their last two games, Easington desperately need to return to winning form at Jarrow but they could again find it difficult.

The Colliers, though, have enjoyed the rare luxury of not having a midweek game and manager Andy Colledge will be hoping to field a strong line-up at Perth Green.

Liam Clark has completed a ban for Jarrow, while Daryl Donnelly and Peter Kirkham will also be able to play.

It is virtually a two-horse race for the championship but, mathematically, New Marske could pip the leading pair. They are at Wolviston with the Mackin twins, Sean and Michael, and goalkeeper Justin Hutchinson, doubtful.

Ashbrooke Belford House face the long journey to Windscale and manager Tommy Dobbing will be hoping for three points from his team’s last game. Victory would give them a good chance of ending in the top half of the table.