FOLLOWING last week’s victory at Annfield Plain – which was only their fourth of the season – manager Tommy Dobbing is hoping Ashbrooke Belford House have turned the corner.
He said: “Since day one I’ve had to chop and change the side but I’ve always said that with a full squad we would be a match for anybody.
“We showed last week how good we can be and hopefully we can build up a bit of momentum starting tomorrow in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup tie at Cleator Moor Celtic.”
The long journey though means that four players will not be involved. Dale Wells, Mark Green, Stuart Burton and Kenny Taylor are ruled out but Dobbing is expected to hand debuts to newcomers David Baker and Neil Moan.
Sunderland West End line up against Jarrow in the Wearside League Cup at Perth Green and joint manager David Bond is pleased to have David Keighley available but a doubt surrounds the fitness of Jonathan Greener.
Goalkeeper Mark English is still out with a shoulder injury so Chris Hope continues to deputise for Jarrow who also name Kyle Pendergood and Stephen Stephenson.
Stockton Town, unbeaten since August, host Wolviston with injury concerns for Adrian Swan, Reece Connelly and Stephen Roberts.
Andrew Westwood and Chris Burton are back while Wolviston cannot call upon injured pair Adam Iveson or Shaun Gregory.
Kirkbymoorside will also be battling for a place in the next round but they face a difficult tie at home to second top Redcar Athletic.
In a reduced league programme, Ryhope CW will extend their lead at the top of the table to six points if they defeat fifth-placed Darlington Cleveland Bridge.
Martin Swales awaits news on the availability of Chris Trewick, Liam Dunn, James Dunn and Nathan O’Neil, who scored hat-tricks in each of the last two games.
The Bridge have Dale Sheridan, Steven Wake, Philip Caley and Gary Buckley back but goalkeeper Michael Thraves is injured while Neville Fuller and Thomas Watson are banned.
Silksworth Rangers are pleased that James Gilhespie has decided to stay at the club following an approach from an STL Northern League Second Division side.
He is in the line-up for the home game with Annfield Plain and so too is goalkeeper Adam Don, who has been outstanding in recent games.
Peterlee Town have David Laight free from suspension and he makes an immediate return against Prudhoe Town. In addition, Paul Moss, Philip Hickman, Carl Garside and goalkeeper Russell Blenkinsopp are also available.
Andy Collier, who played in goal last week, will revert to his normal defensive role.
Coxhoe Athletic are at Boldon CA without Paul Orton, who begins a three match ban.
Barrie Moses, Dan Shannon and Leigh Gutherie come into contention but Adam McDonald, Christian Schofield and Darren Giffiths are rated doubtful.
A big boost for Boldon CA is the return of captain Michael Meeke while goalkeeper Jak Wells will again play with a heavily-strapped finger.