New boss and rare victory has Rangers buzzing

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SILKSWORTH Rangers’ chairman David Steele reckons there is a buzz around the club following the appointment of Mark McGinley last Friday and the win at Annfield Plain.

Ahead of tonight’s visit from Kirkbymoorside he said: “All of a sudden everyone has been given a lift and hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from now on.”

McGinley has wasted no time in strengthening the squad with both Dean Smith and Dan Callaghan pencilled into the line-up.

Also available are Scott King, John Turvey and Eoin Shannon, who all missed the victory at Annfield Plain which was Silksworth’s first in more than five months.

Kirkbymoorside are just four places above the Wearsiders and they welcome the inclusion of Chris Rhodes and Marc Tansey, who have completed bans.

Karl Richardson, Alex Strickland and Jonny Birbeck are also back but neither Johnny Brown nor Matty Bower can make the journey to Wearside.

Sunderland West End are fifth, equal on points with Jarrow before they visit Peterlee Town with a full strength squad.

The Newtowners are not so fortunate and a big blow is the news that Paul Taylor will probably not play again this season after coming back too soon from a broken leg.

Andy Place is another absentee tonight but striker Michael Pattison is added to an 18-man pool.

Boldon CA have captain Jack Lawson, Mark Williams and Kevin Davidson available but work commitments rule out Gary Brook and David Conroy at home to Seaton Carew.

The Seasiders hope to make a signing before kick-off but are already stronger with Andy Ross, Don Jackson, Dominic Laffin and Lee Jones in the frame.

Following their eight goals mauling at the weekend, Redcar Athletic hope to add experience to their side with the recall of David Taylor, Dane Breckon and Roy Hunter at home to Annfield Plain.

The North West Durham side, second from bottom and now just five points ahead of Annfield Plain, expect to have a reasonable strong squad on duty.

Prudhoe Town go without the injured Kevin Dixon but Mark Fish resumes in the home fixture with Cleator Moor Celtic while Harton and Westoe miss captain Paul Burrell and Sean Fraser when Richmond Town visit South Tyneside.

The home side face a formidable task since Richmond have gone 16 games unbeaten, having won their last nine.

The Seasiders have scored 16 goals in the last two games with Liam Darville having notched eight goals in five games since making his return.