Ryhope let Lilley go back

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RYHOPE CW go into tonight’s attractive Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup-tie against Hebburn Town without Jack Lilley, who has returned to Gateshead.

Another absentee is Craig Marron, who is cup-tied, and manager Martin Swales awaits news on the fitness of recent signing Jack Pounder.

A boost, though, is the return of James Dunn, Dean Arkley, Martin Metcalfe and Lenny French, who all missed the game at Whitehaven on Saturday.

Horden CW secretary John Stubbs reckons the influence of John Cornforth on the team was massive at Esh Winning, where the Colliers won for the first time in 23 attempts.

The former Sunderland player last week agreed to coach the squad.

“His coaching techniques are out of this world and the players already hugely respect him,” said Stubbs. “We are looking for another win against Chester-le-Street at Chester Moor Park tonight.”

Manager Darren Atkinson could introduce a new player in the game. Dane Wilson is suspended.

Chester-le-Street are comfortably placed in mid-table. Manager Colin Wake will name his starting line-up near kick-off.

Esh Winning, who recently had six points deducted for playing an ineligible player, are all of a sudden looking over their shoulders. They could again find the going tough at Jarrow Roofing, who are just two points outside the promotion places with at least four games in hand on all the five teams above them.

In Division One, Newcastle Benfield aim to upset the form book at Spennymoor Town, the only unbeaten side in the two divisions.

H Spennymoor and Shildon have been handed home draws in the quarter-finals of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

Jason Ainsley’s side meet Gornal Athletic from the West Midlands and Shildon host Newport or Ascot United. Ties are to played on Saturday, March 3.