AFTER what assistant manager Craig Parkinson described as a “very poor performance” on Saturday, Easington Colliery will be much stronger for tonight’s Wearside league game at Wolviston.
Although five players cannot make the journey down the A19, eight return and in addition Paul Carr, signed from Silksworth is pencilled in for his debut.
Coming back are Tom Goundry, David Henderson, James Parkinson, Michael Noble, Brett Gillatt, Jordan Thompson, Kris Johnson and Michael Pattison.
Still missing, though, are Farron Pope, Ian Redman, Spencer Shevlin, Scott Huntley, Rhys Weir. Kyle Young will undergo a fitness test before kick-off.
Ryhope CW, in second place five points behind Stockton Town, are at Jarrow where manager Martin Swales welcomes the return from suspension of Martin Metcalfe.
John Butler, however, is banned, Clayton Davis has work commitments and Greg Swansbury is also unavailable.
Swales, who is trying to sign three players to boost his squad, will need to check on the fitness of Neil Bussey and James Dunn before finalising his line-up.
Sunderland West End, who are fifth top, have home advantage over Annfield Plain but are without captain Jamie Fryett and Brad Foster.
The Plain have doubts concerning the availability of four players with Scott Goldsmith-Scott (ankle), Scott Heslop (foot), Michael Bell (knee) and Jack Dixon (achilles).
Kallum Telfer is a definitive absentee but Andrew Wright and Jake Burns are likely to resume.
Silksworth CW delay announcing their squad for the visit to Horden CW, who will be without Robert Huntley for up to a month while he recovers from a pulled hamstring.
Boldon CA manager Jason Jones is confident of fielding an unchanged starting line-up for the first time this season against Ashbrooke Belford House at Silksworth.
Leaders Stockton Town are hoping for a 20th consecutive victory in the top versus bottom clash with Coxhoe Athletic.
The reigning champions won the final 12 games of last season and have racked up seven straight victories this time.
Their chances of maintaining the momentum are enhanced with the inclusion of Adam Nicholson, Tony Johnson, Tom Coulthard, Luke Whittaker, Matthew Richardson, James Ward, Mick Dunwell and Jair Da Silva.
Coxhoe are pleased to have Tom Orton, Gareth Hamblin, Robert Tones and Callum Walton in contention but Ian Haddock and Neil Charlton miss out and the availability of Dan Franklin, Kyle Wren and Chris Baxter is unclear.
Gateshead Leam Rangers, have only one point from six games go to Seaton Carew unable to name goalkeeper Martyn Hetherington. The Tynesiders, though, should be much stronger than they were on Saturday when they took only 11 players to Hartlepool.
Seaton Carew captain Luke Naylor and Jonny Bolton come into the frame but there will be fitness checks for Sam Cook, Aaron Hopper and Ryan Hopper. Shaun Roth is once again sidelined.
Prudhoe Town, at home to Harton and Westoe, are confident that Lee Best, Gavin Lyle, Craig Suggett and Kevin Moreland will figure at some stage but work commitments sidelined Jamie Henderson.
Hartlepool have signed goalkeeper Lee Burrell from Jarrow and he will make his debut in the home fixture with Richmond Town.
David Laight, Shannon Davis and Craig Risebury are also named but neither Shane O’Brien nor Shaun Ryder can play.
Redar Athletic face a 255-mile round trip to Cleator Moor Celtic and, following three consecutive victories. they will take a strong squad to Cumbria.