SUNDERLAND RCA are only outside the First Division relegation zone by virtue of having a better goal difference than Team Northumbria.
David Lee’s side could again find the going tough at Consett, who are enjoying playing on their new all-weather pitch at the new Belle View Stadium.
The Wearsiders cannot call upon Ross Preston but are hopeful that Andrew Brown and Kyle Morris will be involved at some stage.
Consett boss Kenny Lindoe is pleased with his team’s form which has taken them into seventh place.
They have netted 28 goals in just six home games at their new home, losing just once.
Lindoe said: “The new pitch is very good and we’ve done OK on it. We need to keep the momentum going and I’m delighted that international clearance has been obtained for Chris Elliott, who played for us last season before moving to Sweden.”
Scott Martindale is a definite absentee for the Steelmen and Gilberto Chapim’s ankle injury is a cause for concern. Goalkeeper Jack Norton, meanwhile, has been placed on the transfer list.
Billingham Town, with only three points from 27 games, look doomed but manager Wilf Constantine continues to wheel and deal on the transfer front in an effort to revive the Teessiders’ fortunes.
His new arrivals include Taylor Crainey, Lee Richmond, Andrew May and Liam Forster, all from Guisborough, together with Axel Williamson, who was with Willington.
The Teessiders, who have a daunting trip to title hopefuls West Auckland, have now registered more than 60 players this season.
Hebburn Town also have a huge mountain to climb if they are to preserve top-flight status.
Scott Oliver takes his side to Billingham Synthonia hopeful of Channon North and Dan Reeves being available.
The Synners are likely to be without David Alderson for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a troublesome groin injury. Seb Furness will keep goal and Dan Fowler is also added to the squad.
Tonight, Bishop Auckland entertain Newcastle Benfield, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways. Martin Swales’ Bishops have slipped to ninth place, while the Tynesiders are only just outside the bottom six.