Ryhope CW take on the Easington Colliery challenge

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RYHOPE CW aim to extend their magnificent start to the season when they lock horns with Easington Colliery in the Durham Challenge Cup preliminary round tonight, writes Malcolm Pratt.

The tie takes place at Meadow Park because the Colliers’ ground is still out of bounds.

John Butler, Nathan O’Neill, Kenny Linton, James Dunn and Mark Catcheside all come into contention for Ryhope.

Easington are not so fortunate and manager Andy Colledge is without Lee Smith, Darren George, Danny Flounders, Chris Hall and Martin Langley who are all injured while another four players have work commitments.

Silksworth Rangers face a stiff challenge at Washington, who are third in the Northern League Second Division.

Manager Keith Stafford will have a reduced squad of only 14 players, which includes two goalkeepers.

Ashbrooke Belford House host Darlington Cleveland Bridge and it’s a case of three in, three out for boss Tommy Dobbing.

Captain Kenny Taylor, Michael Charlton and Elliott Moan return but Ryan Steele, Mark Green and Glen Moan miss out.

The visitors, fifth from top in the Wearside League, are minus Neil Tarrant, Dale Sheridan, Neil Jackson and Jack Johns.

Peterlee Town host Boldon CA and manager Don Naylor has Steve Hockaday and Martin Jones suspended, fortunately Andy Collier, Paul Moss and Peter Crawford return.

In the Wearside League, third-top Willington hope to make it seven wins in a row at home to Kirkbymoorside, but they could miss Danny Lee for the rest of the season. John Pilkington and James Seymour are also sidelined tonight.

Coxhoe Athletic visit Prudhoe Town without Trevor Tearney, Dan Petts, Adam McDonald, Dan Shannon and Dean O’Rourke, but Graham Richardson, Stuart Ord and Alex Cantwell return.