Wearside League: Five in, three out, as Belford prepare for big Silksworth derby

Stockton Town (yellow) defend against Seaham Red Star Reserves in last week's Shipowners Cup tie
Stockton Town (yellow) defend against Seaham Red Star Reserves in last week's Shipowners Cup tie
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Ashbrooke Belford House and Silksworth CW are geared up for an intriguing derby battle at Silksworth Welfare Park tomorrow (2pm).

Ashbrooke are 10 points better off than their ground-sharing rivals and could hand a debut to Michael Jacob.

Joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that Kieron Stokoe, Josh Farquhar and Nathan Burrell are on all unavailable, but, fortunately, Michael Young, David Scott, Lee Owens, Adam Hopps and Iain Potts come into the reckoning.

Silksworth boss Shaun Butler, boosted by the midweek defeat of Jarrowm, has signed goalkeeping brothers Anth and Dan Lowerson. Anth is on loan from Ryhope CW, while Dan, who was given the nod ahead of his brother for the midweek fixture, is a permanent signing.

Butler has also brought in Anthony Phillipson from Esh Winning, but Kieran Mitchell has joined Hartlepool.

It’s all change at Harton and Westoe CW following the resignation of manager Simon Johnson and coach Tony Robinson.

The pair have been replaced by former Boldon CA boss Jason Jones, who will be assisted by Andy Hunter.

They face a daunting baptism when leaders Redcar Athletic travel to Harton.

Redcar – top scorers with 73 goals from 20 games – have a five-point lead and will undoubtedly prove formidable opponents.

Jones, who will make further appointments to his coaching staff in the near future, delays announcing his squad, but buoyant Redcar will be at full-strength.

A trio of players – captain Lance Skelton, James Swann and Joe Blackburn return.

Seaham Red Star Reserves go to Jarrow minus injured pair Kyle Morris and Adam Hepple. Manager Don Naylor includes Jamie Davis and he could make a loan signing before kick-off.

Jarrow – beaten by Silksworth CW in midweek – will look for a return to winning form and sustain a top-half position, but their chances are diminished with both Mark Williams and Paul Trosh ruled out.

Prudhoe Town are at Murton in a bottom-two clash.

The visitors are eight points ahead of their opponents and strengthened by the inclusion of Ryan Chambers and Jack Wanless.

Spennymoor Town Reserves face a difficult test against Stockton Town at Coxhoe, even though they have Connor Dunlavey in the squad.

There’s a chance that Kai Willis and Ryan Cummings could also play.

Stockton – challenging for a fourth consecutive title – are second-top, just five points behind leaders Redcar Athletic with five games in hand on their rivals.

The Teessiders’ chances of claiming another three points are enhanced now that Chris Stockton has completed a ban. Matthew Garbutt is also available, while two long-term injury victims, goalkeeper Michael Arthur and Sonny Coleman, are on the road to recovery.

Richmond Town face the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic unable to call upon Andrew Mackintosh, Gary Hutchinson, Ciaran Foley or Chris Pattison, who are all working.

Tony Callaghan is ready to make his comeback following a lengthy lay-off and Michael Layfield has recovered from a shin infection, but a doubt surrounds Mark Sims, who is struggling with a knee strain.

Leam Rangers are at home to Whitehaven and again miss Leon Kane, who is serving the last of a six-match ban. David Stevenson is also suspended.

Hartlepool host Annfield Plain and former player Robert Hammond, who has rejoined the club, could be involved, but Mattie Gardiner is away.

Pool, meanwhile, have been reinstated in the Durham Trophy. They were beaten by Harton and Westoe CW, who have been removed because they fielded an ineligible player.

Sunderland West End have home advantage for their Shipowners’ Cup tie against Boldon CA (1.30pm).

The sides met in the league at Ford Quarry last month, with Anth Nelson’s high-fliers winning 2-0.

Wolviston will make a third attempt to play their Durham County Trophy tie at home to Gateshead Rutherford, when they will be weakened by the absence of Allan Hamilton and David Johnson. Ex-Woking player Chris Fairless has moved to Guisborough Town.