INNOCENT Jobowio is set to make his Wearside League debut for Silksworth Rangers against Boldon CA tomorrow.
Chairman David Steele said: “Innocent is 18 and from London. He is studying in the North East and we’ve signed him up.
“We are also talking to Seaham Red Star about the possibility of taking two of their players on loan. The league table tells its own story.
“We are stranded at the bottom and our results need to improve very quickly, so we are trying to strengthen the squad.”
Rangers will have a stronger line-up available with the return of Scott King and Anthony Gamble but Michael Renshaw is a definite absentee and doubts surround the fitness of Michael Stafford and Dean Hannah.
In contrast to their neighbours, Sunderland West End are riding high and go into their rearranged fixture at home to Peterlee Town sitting fourth from top.
They hope to name their first-choice side, but Andrew Gartland and Johnny Greener will both need fitness tests before kick-off.
The Newtowners name Michael Noble, but neither David Newby nor Martin Hope can play.
Easington Colliery boss Jon Constantine is looking to add newcomers for the trip to meet Wolviston at Metcalfe Park. Martin Fowler, who would have missed the midweek fixture had it gone ahead, is expected back.
Brian Smiles and Kyle Anderson come into the plans of Ashbrooke Belford House manager Tommy Dobbing at Seaton Carew, who are much stronger with the inclusion of Andy Ross, Craig Lines, Lee Jones and Stuart Dixon.
Jarrow are at home to Redcar Athletic who have won three and drawn one of their last four games to move into mid-table.
The South Tynesiders still cannot call upon Lee Brand, Daryl Turnbull, Chris Lunn or striker Chris McDonald.
Redcar, who lost a number of players with Ebac Northern League experience at the end of last year, have signed Dane Breckon and Adam Preston who, according to manager Nicky Ward, have been outstanding. The return of long-term injury victim Andrew Bell has also had a big influence on the team’s recent improved form.
Stockton Town have a free day and second-placed Richmond Town are on cup duty.
Willington, the only club to have applied for promotion to the Northern League, have the chance to close in on the leading pair when they visit Prudhoe Town.
Although Stephen Howes and Michael Weston are troubled with injuries, they are expected to play, but the news is not so promising for Daniel Lee, who may well be sidelined.
The Wearside League Cup preliminary round tie has been switched to Coxhoe Athletic following two unsuccessful attempts to play the game at Leam Rangers. Coxhoe have Paul Orton, Adam Phillips and Neil Charlton back while Leam miss Andy Hebron and midfielder Liam Charlton.