Wearside League: David Clarke and Billy Spooner given Murton reins

Murton (red) take on Ashbrooke Belford House earlier this season
Murton (red) take on Ashbrooke Belford House earlier this season
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Murton have appointed David Clarke and Billy Spooner as their new management team, but the pair won’t take over until next week.

Callum Milne again takes charge in tomorrow’s home fixture with Leam Rangers when Murton will attempt to claim their first point.

So far, they have lost eight games on the bounce, scoring only five goals and conceding 34.

A boost tomorrow is the return of Anth Cowie and John Dale, but Carl Thomas is ruled out completing a three-match ban.

Leam Rangers are in the top half of the table, but they will be without defender Leon Kane, who is suspended, while Nikki Langston and Alan Mulholland are away.

Silksworth CW have taken just seven points from as many games and they could find it difficult at Stockton Town, who are early-season challengers to retain the title.

After being comprehensively defeated last week, the Colliers have Neil Jones and Micky Smith returning and Michael Brunning is also added to the squad.

New signing Brian Carr could make his debut and it is likely that striker Andrew Place will have recovered full fitness. Liam Gill though is being troubled with an injury and his availability is in doubt.

Stockton, with seven wins out of eight, have by far the best defensive record.

They have leaked only eight goals and will prove difficult to break down as their only absentee is James Ward, who is completing the cricket season.

Sunderland West End are without a fixture because Harton and Westoe’s ground is needed for cricket and second-top Redcar Athletic will close the gap to just a couple of points if they win at Annfield Plain.

The Seasiders will field their strongest line-up now that they have Joe Bennett and Joe Blackburn back.

Spennymoor Town Reserves have home advantage against Wolviston, but are unable to call upon Chris Baxter, Mitchel McKenna, Reece Greenwood and Gavin Brown.

Wolviston are also under strength with sweeper Luke Bennington missing, but defender Allan Hamilton and striker Chris Fairless come into the reckoning.

Four ties are down for decision in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.

Seaham Red Star Reserves make the long journey to Whitehaven and manager Don Naylor could hand debuts to Anth Watson and Tommy Alderson.

Craig Hutchinson, Paul Atkinson and Peter Crawford are ruled out and Dan Reeves is given only a 50-50 chance of coming through a fitness test.

Ashbrooke Belford House have a much shorter trip as they head down the A19 to Horden CW.

Joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that Brett Wilson, Dylon Holden and Lewis Hutchinson are ruled out, but Adam Hopps, Lee Owens, Kieran Stokoe and David Scott are named in the squad.

There will be fitness checks on Nathan Burrell and Dale Wells.

Hartlepool will aim to make home advantage count in their tie against Cleator Moor Celtic.

The home side bring in Mattie Gardiner and Paul Playforth, who has recovered from a back injury picked up in pre-season.

Richmond Town go to Jarrow with goalkeeper Adam Cunningham, Ben Darville and Rory Atkinson competing for places in the starting eleven. Striker Kalumn Holbrook though is still away.

There is one game in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup when Boldon CA will lock horns with second-bottom Prudhoe Town.

The Tynesiders have Derrick Waters suspended, but are hopeful Kieran Russell will turn out.