West End look to close the gap

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SUNDERLAND West End aim to keep the pressure on the Wearside League’s leading pack when they visit Prudhoe Town tonight, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The fifth-top Wearsiders have two games in hand on the four teams above them, but they miss Jamie Bond and Brad Foster. Prudhoe are also depleted, unable to name Lee Best, Kevin Moreland or Kevin Edgar.

Silksworth Rangers, with just one win in seven attempts, have John McLean and Michael Renshaw back to host Annfield Plain, but Shaun Fletcher is ruled out.

Boldon CA boss Alan Anderson hopes to have David Hopper back for Cleator Moor’s visit, while Paul Hobson starts a three-match ban and Shaun Carroll (ankle) is still out. Kris Robertson continued to be troubled by an ankle injury which has restricted his involvement to only 20 minutes this season.

Leaders Willington aim for a seventh win out of seven at home to Leam Rangers. They could include John Richardson, but Chris Hardy (work) may miss out.

Rangers have major concerns over Joe Adams, Anthony Brewers, Chris Lowther and Gordon Hutchinson.

Peterlee Town chase a fourth straight win at pointless Wolviston, with Paul Carr, Farran Pope, Liam Dunn and Calvin Magnus all on the injured list.

Craig McManus impressed on his weekend debut and could start, while David Newby and Brett Gillat are added to a 20-man squad.

Coxhoe Athletic, away to second-top Richmond Town, have Ian Danby, Lee Thomas, Dan Rowbotham, Billy Gatenby, Jordan Reed, Jonathan Hornsby and Dan Petts all back.

H Struggling Easington Colliery, away to Seaton Carew tonight, are seeking a new manager following Denis Brown’s resignation. Applications to Paul Adamson on 07947 590795