AFTER suffering only their second defeat of the season at the weekend, Easington Colliery manager Andy Colledge, could introduce two newcomers in tonight’s Wearside League clash against Annfield Plain at Welfare Park.
“We’ll have a much changed side on duty which could include two debutants but in any case Barry Turton, Adam McGuinness, Michael Graver and Darren George are all available” reported secretary Alan Purvis.
A further boost is the news that injury victims Craig Ellison and Robert Huntley both made their comebacks on Saturday and are available.
Goalkeeper Joe Atherton and midfielder Paul Coxon are unavailable as the Colliers attempt to maintain their healthy lead at the top.
Silksworth face a particularly difficult task at home to New Marske.
While the Seasiders enjoy the luxury of having a fully fit squad, Silksworth are reduced to 15 players.
Team captain Dean Hannah, Jonathon Fox, Paul Carr, Anthony Mustard, James Heppinstall and Kevin Golightly are definitely out while manager Steven Smith awaits news on Michael Renshaw.
Ryhope CW are in third position, before the visit of Redcar Athletic, whose chances will be boosted should Craig Skelton, Greg Booth and Andy Bell be available.
Redcar’s only absentees are Roy Hunter and Jamie Lee who could be out for some time after recently undergoing operations.
Houghton Town are anxious for their fixture with Kirkbymoorside at Leyburn Grove to go ahead.
Although Simon Williamson, Ian McPherson and David Sewell resume, Wayne Harrison and Billy Harrison cannot play.
Eddie Strickland made his first appearance of the season on Saturday and could be named alongside Mattie Bower in the visitor’s line up but Sarjo Cham and Johnny Brown are side-lined.
Second bottom Coxhoe Athletic go to Boldon CA without Chris Garbutt while Paul Cantwell and Graeme Richardson are rated doubtful.
Hartlepool are hoping to sign two players before they set off for Cleator Moor Celtic where Mattie Thomas and Jack Nixon could make the line up.
Willington have doubts over Graham Lazonby (ankle), Adam Blenkinsop (knee) and James Seymour (groin) when they host Windscale.