EASINGTON Colliery are fired up to end Horden CW’s unbeaten record in tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited Wearside League derby.
After conceding their first points of the season to reigning champions Stockton Town on Wednesday night, Easington are anxious to make an immediate return to winning form i.
Assistant manager Craig Parkinson points out that no fewer than 13 players were unavailable for the midweek fixture.
“We fielded a weakened squad and were able to name only three substitutes,” he said.
“We’ve got key players back tomorrow and hopefully we will claim all three points and keep the pressure on the leading trio.”
Jordan Thompson, Bryan Norton, Brett Gillatt, Louis Lynch, Conor Walker, Luke Page and Karl Adams all come into the plans of manager Paul Frame and Parkinson.
Horden CW are mid-table with three wins and three draws from six games.
Manager Keith Brown welcomes the inclusion of Martin Fowler, Dan Reaves, Andy Lonsdale, Nobby Atkinson and Michael Coburn, but Paul Moss, Johnny Payne and Ryan Brammer miss out.
Silksworth CW are third going into their home clash with third-bottom Wolviston.
Dan Martin (shoulder), and Neil Jones (ankle) are expected to be passed fit, but neither Willie Crew nor Andy Place are available.
Wolviston won for the first time in their last outing, and goalkeeper Chris Davidson is back to boost them, though Ben Bonner has joined Northern League Stokesley SC and Dwaine Brown is out with an ankle injury.
An unexpected midweek defeat cost Sunderland West End their place in the top six and they face a daunting task at Stockton Town, who are now the only side with a 100 per cent record.
West End manager Anth Nelson reports that Paul Muir will partner Barry Turton up front and that Luke Bell and Brad Foster will be at the heart of the defence.
New signing Tom Price is named and could be involved at some stage.
Stockton have won all seven games, scoring 34 goals and conceding just three, but they go without Daniel Lawson, James Ward and Scott Meehan.
Ashbrooke Belford House are at Prudhoe Town, with Stephen Bogie, Dale Wells and David Scott back, but Johnny Dunn is definitely ruled out.
Prudhoe won for the first time on Wednesday and their chances of racking up back-to-back wins are enhanced by the return from holiday of captain Kevin Moreland.
Spennymoor Town Reserves have leapt into seventh place and start favourites to extend their winning form at the expense of visitors Richmond Town.
Manager Carl Beasley misses James Leeds and Conna Jones.
Boldon CA manager Jason Jones includes brothers Carl and Gary Evans, plus Phil Thompson, but a sprained foot sidelines Barney Dobbinson at Redcar Athletic, who anticipate Kieran Stares recovering from a knee injury which forced him to pull out of last Saturday’s game.
Bottom club Harton and Westoe take on Hartlepool, who are much stronger now that James Davis and Craig Garthwaite have completed their bans. Callum Sweeney and Ross Kidson also return.
Leam Rangers miss centre-half and captain Chris Lowther, but Liam Jobson-Cook resumes for the visit of Whitehaven, who miss Dan Gullen.
Annfield Plain manager Keith Sheardown names James Davies, who has returned from a charity climb of Kilimanjaro.
Recent signing Malik Kalimba will be hoping to maintain his scoring form at the expense of Seaton Carew, who have Robert Hammond, Neil Fannan, Andy Ross, Craig Weatherill and Joe Osbourne all in contention.
However, injuries rule out Karl Ryan and Jon Bolton.