RYHOPE CW manager Martin Swales welcomes the return of a quartet of players for tonight’s Wearside League game at Coxhoe Athletic but neither Jack Pounder nor Lee Harrison can play.
On the plus side, though, he has Greg Swansbury, Michael Charlton, Phil Hall and Callum Charlton coming into contention while Chris Winn will almost certainly start if he comes through a late fitness test.
Secretary George McKitterick, meanwhile, is looking for volunteers to help on match days.
He said: “We need cover for the gateman and someone to prepare half-time drinks for players and officials. If anyone is interested I would like them to make themselves known to me at a home game.”
Coxhoe Athletic have lost their opening three games following what joint manager Paul Charlton describes as “The hardest start we have had since joining the League”.
It won’t be any easier tonight especially as Neil Charlton, Mark Watson and captain Stephen Parnaby are definitely out.
To compound Coxhoe’s problems, James Laidler and Ben Haddock are both rated doubtful and the availability of Brad Cane is also uncertain.
Sunderland West End are at home to Jarrow and manager Andy Colledge is pleased that Lee Smith has returned from holiday. He could also involve David Keighley and John Coomber at some stage. The pair have been sidelined for some time with injuries.
Jarrow are the highest scorers with 11 strikes in three games. They have Peter Kane back but leading scorer Grant Pressling is rated doubtful.
Horden CW have two wins and a draw from their opening three games as they look to make an immediate return to the Ebac Northern League. Their only absentee for the visit of Cleator Moor Celtic is James Huntley.
In contrast, Easington Colliery could make several changes to their line up when they take on Ashbrooke Belford House at Welfare Park.
New signing Tom Goundry is looking to start after making an impressive debut when he came off the bench on Saturday.
Assistant manager Craig Parkinson and boss Paul Frame add Farran Pope, Marc Stephenson, Adam Heath, Bryan Norton and Jordon Thompson to their squad but Rhys Weir and Michael Noble remain on the injury list.
Also unavailable are Ian Redman and David Henderson.
It’s a case of three in and three out for Ashbrooke. Back come Kenny Taylor, Michael Melmore and Jack Moan and going out are Shaun Petch, David Christie and Mike Egglestone.
Boldon CA have yet to score in three attempts and at Gateshead Leam Rangers manager Jason Jones is hoping to include a new striker. Recent signing Conor Binney is expected to be named in goal.
Leam have also made a disappointing start, having scored just twice in three games. They suffered a six goals route at the weekend and are expected to line up new signing Terrence Cairns alongside Chris Lowther in defence. Striker Anthony Thompson though will need to undergo a pre-match fitness test.
Stockton Town are one of only two sides with 100 per cent record from three outings. The reigning champions have home advantage over Hartlepool and their chances of making it four wins on the bounce are enhanced by the inclusion of Adam Nicholson, Max Craggs, Tom Coulthard and Jair de Silva.
Pools are pleased that David Laight has rejoined the club and he will be considered along with the returning Stephen Chapman, Craig Lines, Paul Donaghy and Shannon Davis. An ankle injury keeps out Dan Naylor but Jack Nixon is hoping to shake off an injury to his knee.
Redcar Athletic are at Harton and Westoe. Manager Steve Connolly made eight changes at the weekend and is forced into making at least one tonight since Steve Swann is ruled out. James Kesterton, Alex Anderson or Adam Preston will replace him.
New signing Matthews Soulsby is expected to make his debut for Pudhoe Town at Annfield Plain when Gavin Lisle and Kai Hewitson will also come into the reckoning.
Richmond Town go to Wolviston without Scott Ryan, Josh Lincoln and Simon Pinkney. The Yorkshiremen add Chris Duckitt and Mike Layfield to their squad.