By Jonny Whitfield.
Wearside League teams set for away day on Saturday as four of the five local teams in action look to pick up three points on the road.
In the first of the local Wearside League games taking place this weekend, Sunderland West End travel to Murton FC looking to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions.
The away side have won five straight games in the league and go into the game off the back off a massive 7-0 victory in the League Cup, which will give them great confidence.
Sunderland West End have scored 18 goals in their last five games. Forward Barry Turton has five goals in his last two appearances, including a hat-trick in a man-of-the-match performance during his side’s last league game against Silksworth Colliery.
West End have also kept a clean sheet in their last two, and will look to continue their great defence on Saturday. While they are in great form, they are at a polar opposite with the home side, Murton FC, who are still yet to win a league game this season after 26 attempts.
Murton sit bottom of the table, a huge 17 points from safety, and have conceded an incredible 42 goals in their last five games in all competitions – a statistic that West End forward Barry Turton will hope to exploit on Saturday.
Saturday also sees Ashbrooke Belford House make the trip to Harton and Westoe looking to get their first win in February.
The away side have lost their last two games, but will be looking to bounce back with a win against Harton and Westoe, who are currently mid-table.
The home side are in a mixed vein of form – two wins in their last three league games leaves them 11th in the table.
But a semi-final extra time exit from the Monkwearmouth Cup leaves them somewhat deflated.
The next featured game in this week sees Boldon CA travel to Hartlepool as they look to pick up their third win in four games.
One player who can provide the goalscoring spark for Boldon is midfilder James Pickering who has two goals in his last four, including one against Silksworth Colliery from the bench.
Hartlepool are also in decent form – having won two of their last four, the home side will be looking to take advantage of this run.
But it is Hartlepool’s defence that has been their downfall in the games that they have lost as they have conceded 12 goals in their last three defeats.
Silksworth Colliery are another local side in action this Saturday, as they entertain Stockton Town.
Silksworth’s last win in the league came in November, when they defeated Ashbrooke Belford House 3-0 away from home.
Since that win, the home side have suffered five straight league defeats, but are boosted by a solid 7-2 win in the League Cup at the start of February.
In stark contrast, Stockton Town haven’t lost a game since October. In addition, the away side have scored at least five goals in each of their last seven matches, so the Silksworth defence will have it all to do if they are to stop the opposition’s attack.
One player who can certainly penetrate the Silksworth defence is Stockton midfielder David Stockton, who scored four of his side’s five goals in the 5-0 victory over Ashbrooke Belford House last Saturday.
Finally, this weekend sees Seaham Red Star Reserves in action away at Redcar Athletic as Red Star look for their second successive league win.
The away side are currently 17th in the league, six points clear of the drop zone, and a win on Saturday would cement their place above the relegation zone.
A win over Redcar is going to be a tough ask, though. The home side are top of the league, coming into the game off the back of a decent unbeaten run.