Wearside League round-up

AFTER reaching the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup last week, Prudhoe Town aim to progress into the semi-finals of the Wearside League Cup when they take on Ashbrooke Belford House this afternoon.

AFTER reaching the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup last week, Prudhoe Town aim to progress into the semi-finals of the Wearside League Cup when they take on Ashbrooke Belford House this afternoon.

A double blow though is the unavailability of Kevin Dixon and Jamie Henderson but John Parker is added to the squad.

In the League, Gateshead Leam Rangers can take another step towards mid-table if they win at Annfield Plain, who are second from bottom.

The Tynesiders have injury doubts for Anthony Thompson and Liam Charlton, both of whom limped out of the recent game against Sunderland West End with hamstring problems.

Barring last-minute call-offs for work commitments, the Plain, who are five points ahead of basement side Silksworth Rangers, will field their strongest available line-up.

Silksworth chairman David Steele reckons there is a buzz around the club following the appointment of Mark McGinley as manager and last week’s victory, the first in more than five months.

Rangers are at Redcar Athletic hoping to capitalise on the Seasiders’ eight-goal mauling last weekend.

Michael Brunning has returned to the club and is included in Silksworth’s 19-man squad.

Redcar, meanwhile, add experienced defenders Mark Taylor and Roy Hunter to their pool, but captain James Smuk is unavailable.

Jarrow welcome the return of Chris McDonald, who has been sidelined for the best part of two months, when they visit leaders Stockton Town while Boldon CA are much stronger against Kirkbymoorside with Mark Williams, Jack Lawton, Adam Sharp and Adam Bell all making the journey to North Yorkshire.

MALCOLM PRATT

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