McKitterick hopes home improvements will pass inspections

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RYHOPE CW are waiting to hear whether their ground has passed an inspection by officials from the Ebac Northern League.

At the end of last season, they were compulsorily relegated from the ENL Second Division because they had failed to carry out improvements by the March 31 deadline.

Secretary George McKitterick said: “We needed to provide a stand which is now in place so hopefully we’ll qualify for promotion. 

“We still have 10 League games to play and a cup final, so we need to stay focused if we are to end ahead of Stockton Town.”

Tomorrow, the Colliers are at home to Gateshead Leam Rangers looking to extend the only unbeaten record.

Following the resignation of Paul Bennett some weeks ago, senior players Phil Hall and James Dunn continue to look after the side and before transfer deadline day, the pair brought in Jonathon Winlow and Chris Thompson to boost the squad.

The club, meanwhile, is still looking for volunteers to help on match days. Anyone who is interested can contact McKitterick on 0191 5238436.

Stockton Town, who have also applied for promotion to the ENL, are two points behind Ryhope with the teams having played the same number of games.

The Teessiders host Ashbrooke Belford House aiming to make it eight wins on the bounce but they’ll have to do so without Luke Whittaker who has a hamstring injury. Tony Johnson though is added to a strong squad.

A blow to Ashbrooke is the news that leading scorer Stephen Bogie will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of an injury to his knee.

Also missing tomorrow are Ian Potts and David Christie but joint manager Asa Dobbing is hopeful that Shaun Petch and Michael Melmore will be able to play.

Sunderland West End aim to finish in the top six and at home to Coxhoe Athletic manager Andy Nelson is expected to name Billy Daley at left back following his outstanding performance last week. Leighton Chapman will captain the side in the absence of Jamie Fryatt.

Coxhoe have signed Wes Hood and he is named together with Chris Baxter and Robert Tones.

Horden CW are equal on points with West End in sixth place ahead of the visit from Harton and Westoe. Colliers manager Keith Brown reckons the side is improving week by week and he’s hoping for a strong finish to the season.

Although Ethan Payne and Joe Bell are ruled out, Brown welcomes the inclusion of Dan Flounders, Simon Todd, Peter Crawford and Darren Atkinson.

Silksworth CW travel to Redcar Athletic missing only Craig Lines. Liam Hodgson is expected to be available as the Colliers attempt to complete a double.

They will not find it easy though since Redcar are competing with Cleator Moor Celtic to end third top.

They have signed goalkeeper Brennan Slatter as cover for Matthews Berry because their other goalkeeper David Peacock has been forced to retire on medical advice.

Ben Hughill and Jordan Kirk were other transfer deadline day signings and they could be involved at some stage.

Easington are at Season Carew missing captain Luke Page. Mark Swindle and Ricky Maughan but Jordan Thompson, David Laight and Brett Gillatt come into contention.

Seaton have signed 19-year-old Ben Wignall, who has been released after three years with Hartlepool United. He is to play in America next season.

Former Billingham Town goalkeeper Mark Bell is another newcomer and will compete with Gary Fleetham for the jersey.

Hartlepool were one of the busiest clubs leading up to deadline day. They brought in Nathan Graham from Harton and Westoe, Michael Kennedy (Seaham Red Star), Niall Bradley (Norton and Stockton Ancients), Ian Cossey, the ex-Easington Colliery and Peterlee Town player, together with Jamie Gillies from local football.

The five could all be involved at Annfield Plain where David Thompson and Callum Sweeney could also come into the frame.

Wolviston miss club captain Shaun Gregory, Nathan Summersgill and Nick Robinson but defender Jon McLone and striker Billy Gatenby return for the visit of Boldon CA.