AFTER losing their last game and subsequently conceding pole position, Ryhope CW face another stern test tomorrow, when they visit fifth-top Jarrow, at Perth Green.
A boost for Manager Martin Swales is the return of Paul Taylor, and Chris Trewick has completed a five-week suspension but will require a late check on his fitness.
Nathan O’Neil is a definite absentee as Ryhope attempt to regain the leadership.
Jarrow though, also have their eyes fixed on honours and they are just five points behind leaders Redcar Athletic.
Kyle Pendergood and Paul Trosh have completed bans and after defeating Tow Law in the Durham Challenge Cup last week and after putting six goals past Peterlee Town on Wednesday night, the South Tynesiders are in confident mood.
Sunderland West End have impressed during their first season in the competition and are at home to Willington. Manager Steve Patton reports no selection problems.
He said: “Dave Keighley is back from suspension and that’s a massive boost for us. It will be difficult against third-top Willington but we have games in hand on the seven sides above us and feel we can move further up the table.”
Willington miss James Seymour and Danny Lee while Graham Lazenby and Wayne Dobinson are doubtful but Chris Sawyer, Gareth Matthews and Paul Bailes resume.
After winning in mid-week and moving off the bottom, Silksworth Rangers host Darlington Cleveland Bridge and could be boosted by the availability of five players.
Michael Renshaw, Ryan Mather and Anthony Rogerson come in and Neil Johnson and James Hepinstall will be added to the squad, if they come through fitness tests. The only definite absentee is Adam Rooney.
Darlington welcome the return of Gary Buckley, Paul Pomford and John Clegg but Bradley Woods is out.
Ashbrooke Belford House travel to Hartlepool and it’s a case of three in and three out for manager Tommy Dobbing.
He can’t call-on Martin Deacon, David Scott and Mark Green but anticipates Ryan Steel, Stuart Burton and Mark Egglestone being included in his squad.
Ian Davies returns to his normal outfield role for Hartlepool, who are much stronger with the inclusion of Rob Ferguson, Tony Goddard, Danny Wilson, Jack Nixon and Paul Vickers.
Leaders Redcar Athletic go to Annfield Plain with doubts surrounding Liam Wood, Greg Booth, Andrew Porritt and Sam Young. The Plain add Scott Moat to a full-strength pool of players.
Coxhoe Athletic visit Gateshead Leam Rangers Reserves in the Durham Trophy. They have signed brothers Adam and Leigh Guthrie from Horden CW. Leigh though is ineligible and so too is Matthew Baines, following his move from Newton Aycliffe.