Wearside League: Holders Silksworth eye semi-final spot in Durham Trophy

Sunderland West End's management team of (from left) Barry Cook, Anthony Nelson, Michael Bussey and Andy Manners
Sunderland West End's management team of (from left) Barry Cook, Anthony Nelson, Michael Bussey and Andy Manners
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Silksworth CW hope to continue their defence of the Durham County FA Trophy they won last season when Stockton West End visit Wearside tomorrow.

Last week’s scheduled game was postponed, but deputy chairman David Steele is optimistic that the tie will get the green light at the second time of asking.

He said: “There was no chance of the game being played last Saturday, but conditions have improved considerably so hopefully we’ll get the match on.

“It’s not an easy tie for us, but we’ll give it a right go.

“The prize for the winners is a place in the draw for the semis.”

Manager Sean Butler cannot name captain Michael McVay or Chris Spence, but Michael Brunning, Dean Randall and Lewis Turnbull come into his squad.

Seaham Red Star Reserves now have home advantage over Wolviston in the other quarter-final tie yet to be decided.

Last week’s postponement was perhaps a blessing in disguise for Don Naylor’s side. Because Seaham Town Park was due to host a first-team fixture, the Reserves had arranged to travel to Wolviston, but tomorrow’s clash will be on home soil.

Brandon Moran and brothers Callum and Connor Short, who play for Durham County Under-18s, are available, but injury rules out Adam Hepple and a doubt surrounds the fitness of Kyle Morris.

Wolviston will field their first-choice team if John Shepherd and Nick Robinson are pronounced fit.

Hartlepool last week defeated Sherburn Village WMC to reach the last four, but Spennymoor Town Reserves succumbed to Coundon & Leeholme.

There are another two cup ties tomorrow. Full-strength Annfield Plain will aim to make home advantage count against Leam Rangers when they clash in the preliminary round of the Wearside League Cup.

Leam also name their strongest line-up. Leon Kane has, at last, completed a five-match ban and David Stephenson has served a one-match suspension.

Craig Williams and Niki Langston are also back as Rangers aim to complete a quick double over Plain. The sides met a fortnight ago when Leam claimed a 3-1 victory.

In the Shipowners’ Cup, Redcar Athletic entertain Cleator Moor Celtic, with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.

The Seasiders have brought goalkeeper Will Lawrence back from Billingham Synthonia as cover for James Fleming, who could be out for some time.

Kristian Kamara and Lance Skelton are likely to be absent, with Matty Dunford, Joe Blackburn and James Swann vying to replace them.

In the league, Ashbrooke Belford House make the short journey to Horden CW, where a win could lift them into fifth place.

Joint-manager Asa Dobbing reports that Stephen Halliday, Kevin Humble and Adam Hopps are banned and Michael Young is away, but Lee Owens, David Scott, Marc Eggleston and Nathan Burton come in for Belford.

Sunderland West End, who are also in the top six, visit Harton and Westoe CW, whose recently appointed manager, Jason Jones, lines up Andy Hunter in goal.

He could have two new faces in the squad to add to Kyle Young, Peter Henderson and Kenny Lazenby, who are expected to feature at some stage.

Jarrow have re-signed Nicholas Little ahead of their derby against Boldon CA at Perth Green. Paul Trosh and Kris Allen also come in, with Boldon expecting to field a strong side.

Murton have delayed announcing their squad for their clash with Richmond Town, which has been switched to Murton, while Spennymoor Town Reserves are considerably strengthened by the return of no fewer than seven players against Prudhoe Town at Coxhoe.

Manager Carl Beasley is pleased to have goalkeeper David Atkinson, captain Kai Willis, leading scorer Ross Morrow, Chris Foster, Robert Thompson, David Gibson and Matthew Pennall on his team sheet.

Recent signing from Whickham, Liam Henderson, is expected to make a delayed debut for Prudhoe, who also anticipate David Wansell and Ryan Chambers turning out.

Stockton Town will close the gap on leaders Redcar Athletic to two points, and still have four games in hand if, as expected, they defeat Whitehaven in Cumbria.

James Crossman has rejoined the Teessiders from Billingham Synthonia and goes straight into the squad, but Tony Johnson, Tom Coulthard, Sonny Coleman and Michael Arthur miss out.