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SILKSWORTH CW will move into sixth position – their highest place for several years – if they take just one point from tonight’s Wearside League game against Prudhoe Town at Welfare Park.

The Colliers are the most improved side and secretary David Steele is confident they can end the season on a high. He said: “We’ve come on leaps and bounds this season. Last year, we finished bottom and the previous season were second from the basement.

“There are four Sunderland teams in the competition and if we go sixth tonight, we’ll be ahead of Sunderland West End and Ashbrooke Belford House. We’ll not overtake Ryhope CW but if were to end second in our mini competition it would be quite an achievement.”

Neil Jones is still trying to serve a one-match ban and also missing tonight because of work commitments is Michael Brunning but Jordan Bowes could make his return.

One other game is scheduled and Ryhope CW will be aiming to stretch their lead over Stockton Town to eight points.

Paul Bennett’s side though could find it difficult even though they have home advantage over Cleator Moor Celtic.

The Cumbrians are third top and are certain to prove challenging opponents.

Bennett cannot name Greg Swansbury, who turned his ankle on the soft ground in Saturday’s game and he’ll also need to assess the fitness of Neil Bussey, Jack Pounder and Nathan O’Neil before finalising his line-up.

H Eight of the 11 fixtures scheduled for last night were postponed, including Sunderland RCA’s Ebac Northern League First Division game at Penrith.

The Wearsiders were saved an unnecessary journey when the match was called off yesterday morning.

The other three games in Division One were also victims of the weather and in the Second Division only one match was played.

Alnwick Town enjoyed a big win over Brandon United in the bottom four clash. Stephen Moody cancelled out Tom Vickers’ third minute strike for Alnwick who went on to dominate the game. Vickers completed a hat-trick and Keith Douglas bagged a brace of goals leading their side to a crucial 5-1 victory.

Alnwick remain fourth from the basement, now seven points ahead of third bottom Brandon.

Two ties went ahead in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup and both resulted in close results.

An only goal by Phil Smith in the 94th minute earned Heaton Stannington their place in the semi-finals at the expense of Thornaby and North Shields won by the odd goal in five at Darlington RA to remain on course for a league and cup double.

Stephen Allison and Mark Simms twice had RA ahead but after leading scorer Gareth Bainbridge and Dan Smart struck, Joe Elliott snatched the winner with only three minutes left on the clock.

Only one game is planned for tonight when Crook Town are due to meet Newton Aycliffe at the Millfield ground.