RYHOPE have to get over the loss of keeper Paul Jenkin to Premier League neighbours Sunderland, and they promote second-team stumper Dan Mason for Saturday’s home Division Two game against Murton.
Ryhope also field youngsters Josh Tomlin and Mattie Kirtley, with both Chris Lawrence and Alex Catcherside missing.
Seaham Park are able to take a full-strength side to Silksworth, where their hosts bring in Paul Dixon for the unavailable Paul Bradford.
Durham City can consolidate top spot when they entertain lowly Ushaw Moor, and they have their best side in the field to try to enhance their promotion claims.
Whiteleas continue to look like their most dangerous rivals for honours, sitting just 19 points behind and with game in hand. The South Tynesiders should have too much in the tank for winless visitors Shildon Railway.
Skipper Ray McRae returns, along with Kris McShane, Chris Nichol and Sam Embleton, although Bob Scorer and Andrew Potts both miss out, with Lee Jones stepping up from the seconds.