SUNDERLAND RCA meet Bishop Auckland for the second time in five days when they play the return fixture at Heritage Park tomorrow, in the STL Northern League.
“It’s not ideal but it’s the way the fixtures have come out,” said manager Neil Hixon. “We play them again next Saturday in the FA Carlsberg Vase and we’ve also been drawn against them in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup.
“We’ve got to forget about the two cup ties just for now and work our socks off for a league double tomorrow. It was a close game at our place on Tuesday night and it will be equally difficult at their ground.”
Hixon has been thwarted in his efforts to bring in striker Sonny Andrews.
“I thought I had him but at the last minute he informed me he was speaking to Spennymoor Town and I think our deal is dead,” added Hixon.
Gary Shields, Harrison Davies and Lee Owens are ruled out tomorrow but Joe Walton and reserve goalkeeper Kyle Donaldson return.
Jarrow Roofing aim to heap more misery on Stokesley SC, who prop up the table with just one win in nine games.
Manager Richie McLoughlin has signed Michael Patterson from Seaham Red Star but neither Carl McMann nor Jamie Marshall can play.
Following the shock of losing heavily to South Shields last weekend, Billingham Synthonia are pleased to have Nathan Jameson back at Guisborough Town.
Richard Gaston, signed from Norton and Stockton Ancients, is set to play his first game for Billingham Town at South Shields but Shaun Boynton is banned.
Norton have also been busy on the transfer front bringing in Lev Yalcin from Spennymoor Town. He is pencilled in for his debut at home to Marske United.
In Division Two, Horden CW boss Brian Honour reckons his side gave their best performance since he took over 18 months ago despite losing to Thornaby in midweek.
He said: “If we play like that at home to Washington tomorrow, we could get a result. We are not a million miles away from being a decent team and our luck’s got to change soon.”
A boost to the Colliers’ chances is the return from injury of Lloyd Evans and Jack Honour is also available after playing for Durham County Under-18s earlier in the week.
Washington, fifth following their win over Ryton and Crawcrook Albion on Wednesday, could go with the same squad.
Seaham Red Star boss Kevin Turns was delighted when his side claimed a point at Whitehaven on Tuesday.
He has brought in striker Kevin Gordon from local Sunday football and could sign another two players before kick-off in the local derby with Easington Colliery.
Michael McEwan and Lee Peachey definitely resume but Turns goes without Tim Bowman and awaits news on the fitness of Anth Laidler.
Easington boss Andy Colledge reports that he has signed Ben Riding and Lee Knight but Chris Hall and Dan Flounders cannot make the game.
Chris Pearson and Simon Todd come into his plans but he awaits news on the availability of Martin Langley.
Chester-le-Street are at home to Whickham and newly-appointed manager Anth Smith will need to check on the fitness of Robbie Draper and Sam Renwick, who were both injured in the defeat at Esh Winning on Tuesday night.