REDCAR Athletic and Ryhope CW will be gunning for maximum points tomorrow before their crunch Wearside League game next Wednesday.
The Seasiders leapfrogged their rivals with a big win in midweek and have a one-point lead although Ryhope have a game in hand and a significantly better goal difference.
Martin Swales’ side start firm favourites at bottom-of-the-table Coxhoe Athletic who have lost 26 of their 34 games.
A boost for the Wearsiders is the return of James Dunn, James Baxter, Liam Cox and Ritchie Jordan.
Redcar Athletic have home advantage over Cleator Moor Celtic but a blow to their chances is the unavailability of Luke Woodhall and Steve Thompson. In addition, defender James Smuk is rated doubtful.
Following Stockton Town’s surprise midweek defeat, Sunderland West end have the chance to finish in third position.
Just a single point separates the pair ahead of West End’s visit from Peterlee Town.
West End boss David Bond delays announcing his squad but his opposite number Paul Frame will field a severely depleted line-up.
He misses no fewer than nine members of the squad with Paul Griffiths, Ash Davis, Stephen Hockaday, Calvin Magnus, Steven Hubery, Dean Redman, Peter Crawford, Anth Rogerson and David Laight all out.
Goalkeeper Russ Blinkinsop and Anth Rathbone resume but Frame awaits new on the fitness of Luke Page, Brett Gillatt and Stephen Langton.
Ashbrooke Belford House travel to Kirkbymoorside and they too miss a number of players.
Manager Tommy Dobbing reports that Jake Moan, Alan Young, Paul Robertson and Lewis Hutchinson, who broke his hand in a recent game, are all sidelined but fortunately Stephen Halliday can turn out.
The Yorkshiremen, smarting from a six goals rout at the hands of Redcar Athletic on Wednesday night, are stronger with the inclusion of Sarjo Cham, Chris Rhodes, Matty Bower and Liam Cooper.
Jack Chadwick and Ali Holmes picked up injuries in the midweek game and are considered doubtful while Johnny Brown is definitely sidelined.
Annfiled Plain’s only absentee at home to third top Stockton Town is Matty Wilson. The Teessiders bring in Jair da Silva and Ian Bishop but Matty Hyson is suffering with a calf strain.
Wolviston cannot call upon Adam Iveson, Daryl Tomlinson or Karl Boult at Gateshead Leam Rangers while Willington will field their strongest line-up at Jarrow who are now down to sixth after eyeing a top three finish until recently.