ASHBROOKE Belford House have four men missing for tonight’s testing Wearside League game against Richmond Town, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Manager Tommy Dobbing cannot consider Martin Deacon, Kyle Anderson, Robbie Dixon or Dale Wells.
Brian Smiles and Mark Egglestone are doubtful, but Paul Grainger and Brett Wilson return and Dobbing hopes to complete the signing of a new player before kick-off.
The Wearsiders face a difficult challenge since Richmond are third, having lost just once in 10 games, though they have lost Martin Butterworth to Northern League side Newton Aycliffe and miss Liam Darville and Richard Thompson tonight.
Sunderland West End stage their fixture against Stockton Town at Leyburn Grove in Houghton.
The Teessiders have Danny Lawson back into what will be their strongest line-up providing Adam Nicholson’s fitness is confirmed, while West End are hoping that Lee Smith and Jamie Bond will be able to turn out.
Peterlee Town aim to stretch their unbeaten record to seven games when they host Jarrow, who are on a high after a 7-0 weekend success.
Although Anth Rathbone, Ryan Mather, Andy Place and Dan Davie return to a 20-man squad, Peterlee miss Ian Redman, Craig McManus, Liam Dunn, Anth Rogerson and Martin Hope.
In addition Calvin Magnus, Karl Adams and Dale Spence face fitness checks.
Easington Colliery aim to build on only their second win of the season when they visit Prudhoe Town, but work commitments sideline Martin Fowler and Rob Huntley.
Willington, who have won all nine league fixtures and are unbeaten in all games, host Kirkbymoorside with James Seymour expecting to make the starting line-up.
Wolviston go to Boldon CA with Sean Gregory and Ian Bishop returning, while newcomer Danny Liddle is expected to be given a run-out.
Harton and Westoe CW aim to continue their revival at the expense of Leam Rangers. If Owen Peterson is fit, Harton will field the same side which racked up a fourth consecutive victory at the weekend.
Captain Mark Rumbles is sidelined with an ankle injury, but otherwise Leam have no selection problems with Anthony Brewis back after four games out injured.
Annfield Plain miss Craig Howard at Darlington Cleveland Bridge.