Silksworth’s goalkeeping headache in the Wearside League

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SILKSWORTH manager Steven Smith is desperately trying to sign a goalkeeper before tomorrow’s bottom four clash against Prudoe Town.

Anthony Mustard, John McLean and John Minnis are all unavailable, leaving Smith with a big headache.

He said: “It’s unusual for all three to be missing at the same time and I need to bring someone in as cover. Hopefully, something will happen later today.”

Also absent are Dean Hannah and Andrew Bowes, while Smith will need to check on the availability of Michael Renshaw, David McKinley, Paul Carr, Kalvin Magnus and Jonathon Fox.

Prudhoe prop up the table but their form has improved recently and they are only now seven points adrift of Silksworth. A boost to the Tynesiders’ chances is that they are able to bring a full-strength squad to Wearside.

Ashbrooke Belford House are fifth ahead of their visit to Darlington Cleveland Bridge who have slipped to seventh from top.

Manager Tommy Dobbing welcomes the return to Mark Egglestone and Paul Robertson but David Scott and Ryan Steel are ruled out.

The Bridge are also forced into changing their line up since regular defenders Bradley Woods and John Clegg cannot play. Striker Michael Carter though is pencilled in and is expected to make the starting line-up.

Willington have transferred goalkeeper Chris Sawyer to Horden CW and Andrew Stocks takes over at home to Boldon CA.

Wayne Dobinson and Paul Thomas have recovered from injuries while Boldon will field their strongest line-up.

Coxhoe Athletic have doubts surrounding Paul Cantwell and Mark Osmond at home to Redcar Athletic who following three consecutive postponements are anxious for the game to go ahead.

The Seasiders anticipate having Craig Skelton, Greg Booth and Andy Bell available but Liam Wood is doubtful with an ankle injury.

The sad news from Hartlepool is that Phil Ross’s playing days are over. Two years ago he fractured a leg and last week broke the same leg in the game with Prudhoe Town.

He spent several days in North Tees Hospital and secretary John Ward reports that he will be unable to make a second comeback.

Pools have lost Steve Manson to Horden CW and another absentee in the home fixture with Jarrow is the suspended Mark Nicholson.

Jarrow have Dean Patton, Peter Kirkham and Daryl Donnolly pushing for places in the stating line-up.

Leaders Easington Colliery have home advantage over Cleator Moor Celtic in the semi-final of the Sunderland Ship Owners’ Cup. Their only doubt is Chris Hall, who could be named after missing recent games through injury.

Ryhope CW line up on Wearside in the other semi-final with Kirkbymoorside. Richard Jordan is banned and club captain Phil Hall is also absent from the Ryhope squad.

The visitors miss Martin Cooper but Ryan Rivis has made a quicker than expected recovery from an appendix operation and could be named in the squad.