Ryhope target top spot in crunch Redcar battle

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SECOND-TOP Ryhope CW lock horns with leaders Redcar Athletic at Green Lane tomorrow, with just two points separating the pair in the Wearside League.

The Wearsiders – who will go top if they win – include goalkeeper Luke Donaldson, midfielder Nathan Johnson and strikers John Harrison and Paul Taylor. Lenny French, Jordan Thompson and John Butler, though, are all doubtful.

Redcar cannot call upon Lance Skelton, Steve Thompson or Andy Bell.

The game is a dress rehearsal for the final of the Shipowners’ Cup, which will be played at Redcar on Easter Monday.

Peterlee Town welcome back two players and are set to give another his debut in tomorrow’s home clash with Silksworth Rangers.

Paul Moss has had a brief spell with Easington Colliery, while Brett Gillatt’s stint with Bedlington Terriers was even shorter.

Both players come into contention and so too does Chris Crumbie, whose first game could be against his former club.

Paul Elliott and John Pyle also come into the plans of manager Paul Frame, who will nevertheless miss eight players.

Russell Blenkinsop, Ash Gillespie, James Page, Calvin Magnus, Connor Walker, James Parkinson, John, Bewick and Steven Hockaday are all sidelined.

There is better news for Silksworth Rangers with goalkeeper John McLean and Gary Tyzack now fully fit. Dillon Holden though will need a late check on his fitness.

Graham Popple has decided to step down an manager of Coxhoe Athletic and the club hopes to announce his successor next week. Newcomers Carl Morris and Mark Watson are set to play at home to Annfield Plain but Anthony McDonald, James Rice and Dan Shannon are out.

Sunderland West End, looking to finish in the top five, aim to extend their impressive unbeaten sequence at the expense of Darlington Cleveland Bridge.

David Keighley has completed a ban but Jamie Fryett and Stephen Lax are out and John Coomber will need his fitness assessed before kick-off.

Bridge, equal on points with the Wearsiders, have Nev Fuller and Jack Johns banned, but Dale Sheridan and Brendan Lally are available.

Ashbrooke Belford House have home advantage over Cleator Moor Celtic in the Monkwearmouth Cup second round.

Neil Moan is suspended, with David Scott and Stephen Dickinson also missing, but manager Tommy Dobbing has Martin Deacon and Mark Egglestone fit.

Boldon CA will also hope to make home advantage count against Wolviston in their semi-final. Boldon’s chances are boosted by the inclusion of leading scorer Shaun Reay, Shaun Heads, Michael Meek and Aiden McCaffrey.