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Silksworth CW coach Michael Cur­tis has re­it­er­ated his claim that they should be tar­get­ing a top-five place in the Wear­side League this sea­son.

The Wel­fare Park club travel to West Auck­land Tunns to­mor­row know­ing that they could end the week­end in fifth-place, if they can bet­ter Hartle­pool FC’s re­sult in their home game against league lead­ers Wolvis­ton.

The trip to the PC Sports Pavilion of­fers a tough test ac­cord­ing to Cur­tis, but one that they have to pass if they are to chal­lenge the Wear­side League’s elite come the end of the sea­son.

He told the Echo: “The top five is ab­so­lutely the aim for us this sea­son and even higher than that if we can.

“We have lost games like this in the past and we need to get our­selves on an­other good run of form.

“That is the only way we will get to where we want to be at the end of the sea­son, so it’s a big game and it’s one that we have to win.

“It won’t be easy be­cause they are a hard-work­ing, phys­i­cal side and they have set­tled into life in the Wear­side League well.

“We have to match their work-rate and we have to play to our max­i­mum po­ten­tial.

“We are ready for it, but we are un­der no il­lu­sions just how size­able the task will be.”

Silksworth are boosted by the news that they are al­most at full-strength for the game.

A knee in­jury means that long-term ab­sen­tee Ma­son Bur­ton is the only player miss­ing from the squad.

De­fend­ers James Dawkins and Dean Cope re­turn for Hartle­pool FC as they look to con­tinue their good form when they host lead­ers Wolvis­ton.

Terry Hill’s side are un­beaten over 90 min­utes since a home de­feat against Rich­mond Town in late-Oc­to­ber and the Hartle­pool boss wants his side to con­tinue that run against the league lead­ers. “It should be a cracker and there are no ex­cuses for not know­ing what to ex­pect from them,” ex­plained Hill. “We are play­ing well and we are mak­ing lots of chances. “We have worked hard in train­ing on mak­ing bet­ter de­ci­sions in the fi­nal third and hope­fully that comes through on Satur­day. “Wolvis­ton are ex­cel­lent as an at­tack­ing force but we feel they can be got at de­fen­sively. “We are con­fi­dent and we are look­ing for­ward to an­other tough game against a very good side.” Boldon CA be­gin life with­out man­ager Sean But­ler when they travel to An­n­field Plain in a bat­tle of two sides in the bot­tom four. But­ler left the South Ty­ne­side club on Mon­day night and Un­der-23s man­ager Ian Dun­bar will be in charge at Derwent Park to­mor­row.

Rich­mondTownare­with­out long-term in­jury vic­tim Kal­lum Hol­brook for their home game against bot­to­mof-the-ta­ble Cox­hoe Ath­letic.

Hol­brook dis­lo­cated a knee in the 4-3 win against Gateshead Leam Rangers two weeks ago.

Leam Rangers will look to bounce back from last week­end’s away de­feat at Wolvis­ton when they travel to Cum­bria to face Wind­scale.

New sign­ing Deck­lin Moss could start for Dar­ling­ton Town in their Durham Tro­phy tie at Heb­burn Town Re­serves.

Their hosts have in­jury doubts over Nathan Richard­son and Gary Crutwell and will be with­out Aron Burn as he is on first-team duty.

There is one TWR Shipown­ers Char­ity Cup sec­ond round tie tak­ing place as Hor­den CW en­ter­tain Dar­ling­ton RA at Wel­fare Park.

Silksworth CW wel­comed Hartle­pool FC to Wel­fare Park last Satur­day.

Wear­side League ri­vals Silksworth CW and Hartle­pool met in the Durham Tro­phy.

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