MANAGER Paul Frame hopes that Peterlee Town’s first Wearside League win will kick-start what has been a disappointing beginning to the season.
The Newtowners defeated Boldon CA 2-0 in midweek and visit Annfield Plain tomorrow with renewed confidence.
“Perhaps a first victory was just what we needed. We’ve now got something to build on and, with a strong squad available, I’m hoping for back to back wins” said Frame.
Peterlee have signed former Durham County Under-18 goalkeeper Lee Burrell and added the ex-Seaham Red Star captain Craig McManus to their ranks.
Dale Spence, Luke Page, Anth Rogerson, Calvin Magnus and Marc Stephenson could also come into contention at Annfield Plain, who have no injury concerns.
Easington Colliery also won for the first time on Wednesday and they look for a repeat at home to Ashbrooke Belford House.
Johnny Monaghan and Carl Winspear cannot play tomorrow, but goalkeeper Adam Heslop and defender Michael Gustavson come into the reckoning.
Belford, who have already had three games postponed, have few injury concerns. Their only absentee is Mark Egglestone. Kyle Anderson is back and manager Tommy Dobbing is ready to hand a debut to Paul Grainger.
Boldon CA go to Seaton Carew boosted by the inclusion of Chris Hamill and Kris Robertson, but Adam Sharp will undergo a late check on his injured ankle.
Johnny Green’s fitness is a concern for Sunderland West End, who entertain rejuvenated Coxhoe Athletic.
Coxhoe are delighted to have Ian Danby available for the first time this season, but they miss Chris Baxter, Ben Turner and Owen Smith. The absentee list will rise to four should Dan Petts be declared unfit.
Willington will move into pole position if they defeat Harton and Westoe at Hall Lane. Mark Foster is suspended, but Andrew Stocks resumes in goal.
Stephen Howe and John Richardson will need their fitness assessed before the squad is announced.
Harton, who have won three out of three so far, have David Graham fit for the first time this season. Work commitments, though, prevent Ben Cooper and Sean Fraser from playing.
Redcar Athletic hope to sign an ex-Northern League striker ahead of their trip to Hartlepool.
Leam Rangers hope that Chris Lowther, back from a knee complaint, will be able to play his first game of the season against Richmond Town. Anthony Brewis is definitely out.
Leaders Jarrow, boasting a 100 per cent record, tackle Wolviston in the Shipowners’ Cup.
The South Tynesiders bring in Liam Bayles, Ross Howard and Lee Brand but Nick Kane cannot turn out.
Mark Summersgill has resigned as manager of Wolviston and is replaced by Ian Evans, who was previously number two.
Silksworth Rangers are also on cup duty at Prudhoe Town, who will name their strongest line-up.