CHAIRMAN Paul Adamson is pleased with the progress which Easington Colliery are making both on and off the field.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game at Ashbrooke Belford House he said: “We’ve done okay during the last two or three months when we’ve steadied the ship. It’s encouraging and we are now looking up the table rather than down.
“Our aim is to finish as high as possible and put together a squad which will be capable of challenging for promotion next season.”
Scott Whitmore, signed from Hartlepool, is pencilled in for his second appearance but Craig Garthwaite is suspended. Manager Paul Pringle though has Jimmy Bamborough available and he’s hoping that Rhys Williams will successfully pass a fitness test.
Ashbrooke Belford House manager Tommy Dobbing has been forced to make changes in every game and tomorrow is no exception although on this occasion he could well have a surfeit of players.
Martin Deacon, Paul Grainger, Kyle Anderson and Paul Robertson have all declared themselves fully fit and ready to resume.
Coxhoe Athletic cannot call upon Adam Phillips or Neil Charlton and Dave Curry is a doubt for the visit of Wolviston. Kyle Wren and Stephen Francis return and will hope to make the starting line-up.
Leam Rangers, at home to Kirkbymoorside, miss goalkeeper Ryan Docherty and Joe Adams will play his last game before beginning a 21-day suspension.
Harton and Westoe host Jarrow in a South Tyneside derby, aiming to gain revenge for an early-season defeat. Their chances are enhanced with the inclusion of Ben Cooper, David Myers and Sean Flood while Shaun Edwards could make his comeback on the bench.
Richmond Town have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table when they line up with lowly Annfield Plain. A blow is the absence of club captain Jason Newall and Ben Darville will wear the armband.
Bradley Woods, who scored on his debut last weekend, will again feature while Chris Patterson and Simon Pinkney are in contention to start.
Annfield Plain have Craig Cowell banned and the only addition to their squad is Scott Watson.
Darlington Cleveland Bridge’s Scott Healey returns but John Clegg is sidelined and Martyn Stubbings will also join the unavailability list if he fails a fitness test before the home game with Seaton Carew.
The Seasiders paid the penalty for failing to make a number of scoring opportunities count last week and will be hoping that the return of striker John Jackson will boost their scoring power.
Also resuming is the experienced Brian Linighan and Callum Sweeney but doubts surround the fitness of Sam Cook, Craig Lines and Sean Wood.
Boldon CA miss goalkeeper Alan Greenan and Shaun Clements will deputise in the home tie with Stockton Town. Kris Robertson is out with an ankle problem while David Conroy, outstanding last week, will be one of the first names on the score sheet.
Sunderland West End line up with Cleator Moor Celtic in the semi final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup. Although Lee Smith and Chris Pearson are unable to play, Adam McQuillan and Chris Curtis come into the squad.