Wearside League: Red Star, Murton all set for Friday night special

Murton (red) take on Ashbrooke Belford House last weekend
Murton (red) take on Ashbrooke Belford House last weekend
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In an attempt to attract a bigger gate, the East Durham derby between Seaham Red Star Reserves and Murton has been brought forward to tonight (7.30pm).

Both teams joined the league this season and so far neither has managed to win so far.

Red Star will be hoping to make home advantage count, but again they are forced to field an understrength line-up.

“We have four lads at work and another two on holiday but we’ll just have to get on with it,” said Red Star manager Don Naylor.

Fortunately, Mark Ruddock and Craig Garthwaite are back and Naylor will probably involve Connor Short, who was with Sunderland’s Academy.

Murton are pointless following seven attempts and cannot call upon either Matty Arnell or Damien Potts, but they are hopeful that Jamie Parker will be pronounced fit.

Tomorrow, Sunderland West End will attempt to stretch a 100 per cent sequence to eight games when they line up against Spennymoor Town Reserves at Ford Quarry.

Manager Anth Nelson reports that Danny Martin, who has been out with a collar bone injury sustained pre-season, could make his come back.

Brad Foster definitely comes into the reckoning, with Stephen Lax aiming for a start in the right back position.

Spennymoor, who have lost just once in seven games, miss Kai Willis and Robert Thompson, but David Atkinson is included in the squad.

Ashbrooke Belford House take on Leam Rangers at Hill Top minus David Scott, Dale Wells, Lewis Hutchinson and Dillon Holden.

Adam Frame and Mark Egglestone are back and Lee Andrews could make his first appearance in over a year.

Leam have been inconsistent, but it was still a shock when they were hammered 5-0 by Harton and Westoe CW in midweek.

Rangers have injury concerns for Chris Lowther (ankle) and midfielder Alex Booth (hamstring).

Silksworth CW claimed their first point holding Prudhoe Town on Wednesday and they are at home for the first time this season now that the power supply has been re-installed.

They welcome the return of Dean Randall, Neil Jones, Andrew Place and Adam Storey and are further boosted with the signing of Jordan Harper, Kieron Trott and Kyle Carr.

Mark Ferguson, normally a central defender, will again be in goal for Wolviston, who also name defender Allan Hamilton and midfielder Evan McEvoy – but striker Ryan Hebb is working.

There is a local derby on South Tyneside between Jarrow and Harton and Westoe CW.

Peter Kane and brothers Alexander and Oliver Bone are unavailable, but Jarrow are hopeful of goalkeeper Karl Donnelly being able to play.

Horden CW moved up to fifth top with a good performance and result at Whitehaven on Tuesday.

The Colliers delay announcing their squad for the visit of Annfield Plain, who are much stronger this season after finishing with the wooden spoon last term.

Jamie Henderson, Chris Lamb, Michael Bell and Jon Davies will be competing for places in Annfield’s starting line-up and there’s a chance that Steven Wilson could make his comeback.

He has been sidelined for considerable time with a broken rib.

Boldon CA travel to Richmond Town with Aaron Burn ruled out by an ankle injury while James Pickering is away. Manager Paul Mossa has signed midfielder Andrew Quinn and striker Lee Maitland, who are expected to play a part tomorrow.

Richmond bring in Liam Darville, Tony Callaghan, David Throne and Josh Wooff, but Calumn Holbrook is at work.

Hartlepool face the long journey to Cleator Moor Celtic boosted by the inclusions of Luke Larkin, Luke Gate and Ashley Clark. The trio missed out in midweek because of work commitments.

Three-time champions Stockton Town cannot name Matthew Garbutt, James Ward or Sonny Coleman, but Kallum Hannah should be fit and there’s a chance that Tony Johnson could also be involved. He managed to play 10 minutes last Saturday on his return to fitness.

Redcar Athletic, sitting secon, just two points behind Sunderland West End, host Whitehaven boosted by the returns of Andy Jennings and Matty Dunford.