FOLLOWING several abortive attempts, Ashbrooke Belford House are confident that they will at last be able to stage the Monkwearmouth Cup tie against Cleator Moor Celtic tomorrow.
“I’ve lost count of the number of times the tie has been called off, both at their place and at our ground,” said Belford manager Tommy Dobbing (pictured).
“Hopefully, we’ll get it settled tomorrow.”
Ashbrooke are forced to make several changes.
Mark Gooding, Jake Moan and Alan Young are injured, Jack Lilley is unavailable while Kyle Anderson and Shaun Ross are ineligible, having played for their previous clubs in the competition.
Mark Egglestone, Glen Moan, Stephen Dickinson, Neil Moan and David Scott all come back into the frame.
Leaders Ryhope CW and Redcar Athletic are without fixtures – ahead of their clash on Teesside in Monday’s Shipowners Cup final (1.30pm) – and Stockton Town will aim to consolidate third place when they line up against Leam Rangers.
The Teessiders welcome the availability of Jair da Silva, Ian Bishop and Steve Roberts but have injury concerns for Kallum Hannah and Tim Giffiths.
Rangers, who are fourth bottom, miss Liam Grant, David Ridley or Liam Craig.
Coxhoe Athletic have a lot to do in their last six games if they are to avoid the wooden spoon.
They include deadline day signing Shaun Ryder at Wolviston, who are also in the bottom six. The hosts are boosted by the availability of leading scorer Carl Barry, Adam Iveson and Karl Boult.
Second-bottom Silksworth Rangers play their penultimate game of the season at Peterlee Town, where Michael Renshaw and Neil Jones come into contention.
No fewer than six players, who all missed last weekend’s game, return for Peterlee. John Pyle, Stephen Halliday, Luke Page, Brett Gillatt, Phil Hickman and Anth Rogerson all come into the plans of manager Paul Frame, but captain Ian Redman is banned.
Sunderland West End are at home to Prudhoe Town and although Stephen Bogie is banned, Lloyd Conlon and Scott Young could play a part.
Prudhoe, narrowly beaten by Ryhope CW on Wednesday, have doubts surrounding Chris Winn and Lee Best.
Jarrow visit Annfield Plain with Lee Brand clear of suspension, but Grant Pressling will not play again this season.
Plain are more fortunate, with Martin Lamb, Colin Snailham and Barry Lindoe returning to a full-strength squad.
Work commitments prevent Chris Robinson and David Hopper from turning out for Boldon CA, but Gary Brook will play his first game in four weeks at home to Willington.