Wearside League

GATESHEAD Leam Rangers have a full-strength squad standing by, but it will still be difficult when championship challengers Stockton Town arrive on Tyneside this afternoon.

GATESHEAD Leam Rangers have a full-strength squad standing by, but it will still be difficult when championship challengers Stockton Town arrive on Tyneside this afternoon.

Defenders Chris Lowther, Mark Rumbles and Mark Williams, together with striker Anthony Thompson, are all back but the Teessiders have Danny O’Brien, Scott Meehan and Steve Roberts on the injured list.

Although they are 10 points behind leaders Willington, Stockton have two games in hand and a better goal difference than their rivals in what is a three-horse race for the title.

Willington visit Kirkbymoorside without Daniel Lee.

Richmond Town are also fighting for the championship and they are severely under-strength at Annfield Plain.

Jason Newall (ankle), Gary Shardha (chest) and Chris Pattison (ankle) are all sidelined and also missing are brothers Ben and Liam Darville.

Barring last-minute call-offs, Annfield Plain will field a strong line-up as they attempt to avoid the wooden spoon.

Silksworth Rangers, who visit Sunderland West End in a Wearside derby, are bottom, eight points behind the Plain, who have four games in hand.

Silksworth, aiming to defeat West End for the third time, are boosted by the return of Liam Hodgson, Michael Brunning and Simon Hepinstall. Goalkeeper Joel Clayton is doubtful and if he is unable to play Adam Don will deputise.

Prudhoe Town, who have moved into eighth place following impressive performances in recent games, host Ashbrooke Belford House unable to name Kevin Dixon or Gavin Lisle. Ashbrooke include Paul Robertson, Dale Wells and Kenny Taylor but Martin Deacon is unavailable.

MALCOLM PRATT

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