SUNDERLAND RCA manager Neil Hixon is in the happy position of having a full squad available for tomorrow’s Division One at Tow Law Town.
And it is a match which Hixon is confident the Wearsiders can win.
He said: “Before last weekend’s fixture at Esh Winning was called off, I said we could take nine points from three games. We easily defeated Ryton during the week and although it will be a lot more difficult at the Ironworks Road ground, I firmly believe it is a game we can win.”
Keith Graydon returns to the squad and also available are Chris Smith and Marc Ellison.
Shildon regained the leadership for the first time since mid September when they won on Wednesday night with another goal-feast, which took their tally from three matches to 15.
Jarrow Roofing’s experienced boss Richie McLoughlin is confident his revamped side can halt the Railway men in their tracks at Dean Street.
“We are playing much better now and Tuesday’s performance was by far our best of the season,” he said. “Recent signings David Dukes and Michael Coghlan (Sunderland RCA) and Andy Jennings from Billingham Town have made a real difference.”
Roofing, though, cannot name the suspended Adam Croft or Peter Watling, who has been a regular scorer since his move from Washington.
Consett are second, only a point behind Shildon, ahead of their top three clash with Spennymoor Town at Belle Vue Park.
Manager Kenny Lindoe, who steered Brandon United to the Championship in 2003, will hand a debut to striker Mark Walton, who was signed this week from West Allotment Celtic.
The Steelmen’s only absentee is Ryan Bell who is serving a one-match ban.
Moors cannot name Craig Ruddy who will be out for another two weeks with a hamstring injury but Craig Hubbart returns after recovering from a hernia operation.
FA Carlsberg Vase quarter-finalists Dunston UTS, who have applied for promotion, have a full pool of players available against South Shields at Filtrona Park.
It is the start of a busy week for Dunston, who on Monday night host Spennymoor Town in the semi-finals of the Durham Challenge Cup before meeting Whitley Bay in the Vase a week tomorrow.
Esh Winning boss Peter Mulcaster, who has announced he is stepping down at the end of the season, names Stuart Thompson and Paul Richardson in his squad for the game at Bedlington Terriers.
In Division Two, Chester-le-Street have a clean bill of health at Crook Town. The Cestrians were disappointed conceding a stoppage-time winner to neighbours Birtley Town on Tuesday.
Birtley’s form has improved considerably and they are eighth – their highest position so far – before tomorrow’s difficult task at second top Guisborough Town.
Washington are fifth from bottom but should be in with a chance at Brandon United, who are second from the basement with only four wins in 25 attempts.
Seaham Red Star, who showed improvement despite losing by the only goal at Thornaby earlier in the week, need to arrest a losing sequence at Morpeth Town, the only side in the two divisions yet to win.
North Shields, ambitious to clinch promotion, have signed Lee Picton from Whitley Bay, Craig Pickering (Morpeth Town) and 17-year-old Ryan Page, who has played for Newcastle United Youths. The Robins host Thornaby and their only doubt is former Blyth Spartans midfielder Paul Watson.