Wearside League: Johnson challenges Harton players

Harton and Westoe FC manager Simon Johnson
Harton and Westoe FC manager Simon Johnson

Harton and Westoe CW entertain high-flying Sunderland West End in the preliminary round of the Shipowners’ Cup.

Manager Simon Johnson welcomes back goalkeeper Andy Hunter and striker Sean Flood, while new signings Mark Newby and Carl Wilson could make their debuts, though another recent capture, Davey Graham, is missing through holiday.

Johnson said: “It’s been a mixed start for us this season – we’ve never had a settled team.

“We need to be more consistent and put games to bed when we’re on top.

“I’m after a reaction and I’m challneging my players to go on a run of games without defeat.”

Jarrow are also in Shipowners’ Cup action, and they also face a tough ask to progress when they travel to holders Stockton Town.

Stockton are looking to replicate last season’s form when they won the championship and the three domestic cups.

One chink of light for Jarrow is the news that Stockton goalkeeper Michael Arthur will be out until after Christmas and 18-year-old Liam Jordan will be given an extended run.

Jarrow, however, go without Kris Allen and Mark Williams, while Jonathan Hall will need his fitness assessed before kick-off.

Boldon CA are on Wearside League duty tomorrow when they make the long trip to take on Cleator Moor Celtic.

Manager Paul Mossa received some good news this week when Aaron Burn and Adam Sharp both declared they are fit to stake a place in the side.

The only doubt surrounds goalkeeper James Lone, who is troubled with an injured toe.