TOMORROW’s visit to Hartlepool could provide Ryhope CW with their most challenging test so far in the Wearside League.
After losing their first three games, Pools have hit form and four consecutive victories has lifted them into fifth position, just two places and three points behind the Wearsiders.
And the host’s chances of making it five wins on the bounce are enhanced with the inclusion of Rob Ferguson and Carl Wood into a full-strength squad.
Ryhope manager Martin Swales, pictured, is not nearly so fortunate. Chris Trewick is banned and Kenny Linton and John Butler are also sidelined.
In addition, James Dunn and Dean Arkley, the scorer of one of Ryhope’s two goals in the mid-week win at Cleator Moor Celtic, will need their fitness assessed.
Silksworth Rangers, bottom of the table with just one win in six games, aim to reverse the trend when they go to Stockton Town, where former Sunderland West End player Michael Curtis is set to play.
The Teessiders have managed just two wins and they are weakened by the absence of David Dowd, Jair da Silve and James Nicholson.
Sunderland West End visit Coxhoe Athletic who are second from the basement. The Durham outfit are set to ring the changes.
Brothers Adam and Anthony McDonald have cricket commitments and also sidelined are Richie Archer and Stuart Ord.
Dan Shannon resumes and goalkeeper Dean O’Rourke, on loan from Norton and Stockton Ancients, is set to make his home debut.
Peterlee Town are third from the basement ahead of their game at Gateshead Leam Rangers, who have Steven Robinson, Ray Kennedy and Anthony Brewis on the injured list. Brothers Scott and David Kerr are banned.
Jarrow, disappointed at losing to Prudhoe Town in mid-week despite scoring four goals away from home, cannot name Paul Turrell, Stephen Cockburn, Daryl Donnelly or Mark Brocklehurst at table-topping Redcar Athletic.
The Seasiders welcome back a quintet of players with James Smuk, Andy Bell, Steve Thompson, Alex Anderson and Stuart Poulter all coming into contention.
The first round of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup pitches Ashbrooke Belford House against Darlington Cleveland Bridge.
Boss Tommy Dobbing is hopeful of Glen Moan and David Scott playing, especially as Lee Collins, Stuart Brotherton and Mark Green are unavailable.
Second-top Darlington have Brendan Lally and Anthony McLachlan injured but Tom Watson can play.
Annfield Plain add Paul Henderson and Michael Hall to a full-strength squad at home to Boldon CA while Wolviston miss Christian Selby, who has moved to Thornaby, when they line up at home to Kirkbymoorside.