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RYHOPE CW will close the gap on Ebac Northern League leaders Crook Town to eight points and they’ll still have three games in hand, if they defeat Stokesley SC in tonight’s Ebac Northern League Second Division game at Recreation Park.

More importantly, they will have a 13-point cushion on fourth-top Darlington RA as Martin Swales’ side battle for promotion during their first season.

A big blow for Swales is the news that Greg Swansbury and James Cook are both banned while Chris Rookes and Jack Pounder are also ruled out.

Fortunately, Phil Hall, James Dunn, Clayton Davis and Kenny Linton are ready to resume.

In Division One, Sunderland RCA could do with a win at the expense of Hebburn Town when they meet at Meadow Park.

Both sides have been in poor form recently, resulting in the Wearsiders dropping to seventh from the basement, just five points ahead of Billingham Town who currently occupy the last relegation place.

Billingham Town, who have won two of their last three games, travel to in-form Bedlington Terriers while another of the relegation threatened sides, South Shields, entertain Dunston UTS at Filtrona Park.

Washington are mid-table in Division Two before the visit of West Allotment Celtic in the Third Round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.

The Tynesiders, who took First Division Dunston UTS to the wire before going out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup on Monday night, are equal on points with the Newtowners who expect to be stronger with the return of a trio of players.

Manager Richie Latimer is set to name his brother Michael together with Mark Patterson and Michael Turner.