Wearside League: Willie Crew looks for Silksworth CW to maintain winning run at home to Stokesley

Silksworth CW (red) take on Leam Rangers at the Hilltop Ground last week. Picture by Tim Richardson
Silksworth CW (red) take on Leam Rangers at the Hilltop Ground last week. Picture by Tim Richardson

Assistant manager Willie Crew is looking for Silksworth CW to make it three wins in a row when they host Stokesley SC tomorrow.

The Wearsiders got back to winning ways with last week’s hard-earned 2-1 success away to Leam Rangers, a tight affair between two solid sides.

Silksworth then hammered Windscale 6-0 in midweek to rise to 11th place.

Assistant manager Crew said: “It was great to come away with a 2-1 win last Saturday where we looked defensively sound, passed the ball well and created chances.

“If we can take a few more of our chances and continue not to concede many goals, which should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

The ability to play a more settled side has been a key area for Silksworth in recent games.

They are expected to be relatively unchanged, with a question mark over forward Paul Muir’s availability due to work and the other absentee being Michael McVay, who is unable to make the journey back from Sheffield.

Boldon CA, sitting in fourth place, welcome Leam Rangers, who went down 2-0 to leaders Hebburn Town Reserves in midweek.

Boldon manager Paul Mossa has been putting his players through hard training this week, as they had no game, with the weather forcing off their match at Cleator Moor Celtic.

Frankie Hucks, Jonny Gage and Oliver Bone have had their little niggles looked at and will have fitness tests to see if they can make the squad.

Liam Cox is working hard to get his fitness back, after having 20 minutes game time, as a substitute in Boldon’s last home game.

The battle is hotting up for starting places in attack, as Mossa has signed Philip Bell to strengthen his team.

Leam Rangers will face former striker Micky Young and hope to have a full squad available, with the return of Peter Bryson and Mathew Frost.

Sunderland West End, in sixth place, journey to Darlington Reserves for a 2pm kick-off.

With games in hand on all the teams above them in the league, West End - fresh from a 4-3 Durham Challenge Cup win at Birtley Town in midweek - will have their sights on a move further up the table.

South Shields Reserves host leaders Hebburn Town Reserves in an intriguing derby.

Manager Leepaul Scroggins has strengthened the Shields squad, with the signing of former first-team player Lee Maitland and hopes to have another signing before the derby.

The only absentee from the squad will be Graham Stephenson, who serves a one-match suspension.

Wolviston host Annfield Plain at Metcalfe Park in the battle of seventh v fifth.

Striker Philip Otele will keep his place in the home team, after a successful scoring debut last week. Otele is a student at Teesside University and has trained with the Nigerian Under-17 team, as well as playing in the Isthmian League when he first arrived in England.

Wolviston also have full-back Jake Marron available, but, due to a knee injury, David Johnson will be missing.

Hartlepool take on high-flying Cleator Moor Celtic at Grayfields Enclosure.

Ash Clark, Rob Hammond and Mike Connolly all return for Pool, alongside young striker Danny Maddison, fresh from an impressive debut.

Paul Moss, on his return from Crook Town, came off the bench to score and will feature again.

Secretary John Ward said: “It will certainly be a tough game, as the Cumbrians are flying at the moment, scoring lots of goals with three excellent strikers.”