Willington need to bounce back in crunch clash

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FOLLOWING Willington’s defeat in midweek, their game at Stockton Town tomorrow takes on massive proportions as the pair go head-to-head for the Wearside League championship.

The Hall Lane side have a four-point lead but Stockton have a game in hand and a significantly better goal difference.

“If we win, the title will be for us to lose but if Stockton come out on top then they will be in the driving seat,” observed Willington secretary Geoff Siddle.

David Moffat returns and takes over in goal from Andrew Stocks but a blow to Willington’s chances is the absence of suspended pair Jason White and Shaun Brown.

Stockton are also under strength, unable to name the injured Stephen Robertson or Shaun Keel. They are keeping their fingers crossed that Daniel O’Brien and Jair de Silva will be able to play.

At the other end of the table, Silksworth Rangers are confirmed as wooden spoonists despite enjoying their biggest win of the season in midweek when they defeated local rivals Ashbrooke Belford House by four goals.

With only two games to play, starting at home against in-form Seaton Carew, Rangers trail Annfield Plain by seven points.

Silksworth will be without Michael Renshaw and Liam Hodgson for their last two games but Robert Hall and John Turvey resume tomorrow when there is a chance that James Alston and Nick Smith will also be involved.

Seaton Carew are the form side, having won 12, drawn one and lost only one of their last 14 games.

They arrive on Wearside boosted with the inclusion of Dominic Laffin, Jonny Bolton, Andy Ross and Craig Lines.

Fifth-top Sunderland West End face the long travel to Cleator Moor Celtic who are just one place and two points ahead of the Wearsiders.

With four players playing for the League team and goalkeeper Neil Bussey suspended, West End will be considerably under strength.

Peterlee Town complete the season and a win at Coxhoe Athletic will secure a top half of the table position.

Despite being without Kris Johnson, David Henderson, Marc Stephenson, Farran Pope, Paul Griffith, Paul Taylor, Michael Noble, James Parkinson and Liam Frame, Peterlee will still turn out a 16-man squad which includes the returning Richard Maughan, Liam Dunn and David Newby.

Third-bottom Coxhoe Athletic again miss Brad Kane but Mark Watson, Chris Baxter and John Cook come into the frame. Doubts surround the availability of Paul Broom and Kyle Scott.

Hartlepool have Shane O’Brien and Adam Ward banned for the visit of Annfield Plain but Jack Nixon has completed a one-match suspension.

Anthony Davies and David Laight resume but Connor Campbell is rated doubtful with a knee injury.

Ashbrooke Belford House are without Dale Wells and Paul Robertson, but have David Scott and Martin Deacon available for the trip to Redcar Athletic.

Redcar name a healthy pool of players which includes returning trio Adam Cheung, Adam Preston and captain Andy Bell.

There is also a chance that Sam Young will be involved at some stage after making his comeback in a recent reserve team game.

The Wearside League, under the stewardship of manager Andy Colledge and assistant Dave Woods, meet the Lancashire Amateur League in the FA Inter League Competition at Boldon CA.

Squad: Graeme Pickering, John Bowes, Mark Robinson (Easington Colliery), Lee Burrell, Gary Taylor, Chris MacDonald, Lee Smith, Grant Pressling (Jarrow), Spencer Shevlin, Brett Gillatt (Peterlee Town), James Smuk (Redcar Athletic), Ross Kennedy, Jamie Fryatt, David Keithley, Adam McQuillan (Sunderland West End), Jason Newall, Simon Pinkney, Scott Ryan, Kallum Holbrook (Richmond Town).