SUNDERLAND West End are “over the moon” with their first season in the Wearside League which ends with tonight’s home game against Hartlepool.
The Wearsiders are guaranteed to end fourth and former manager Steve Patton, who is still involved with the club, says that they have exceed all expectations.
“We’ve had a fantastic season and already we’re looking forward to the next campaign when hopefully we will challenge for the title” said Patton.
Manager David Bond will need to check on the fitness of David Keighley and Stephen Bogie, but expects to field his strongest line-up.
Hartlepool anticipate having four senior players back who missed the last game at Jarrow because of work commitments.
A boost in the final run in has been the availability of Craig Hutchinson who was sidelined for four months through injury.
He has scored three times in two games and will hope to cause problems to the West End defence.
Champions Ryhope CW, complete their league programme when they meet Boldon CA for the second time in three days.
On Monday, they defeated the South Tynesiders to lift the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, but tonight manager Martin Swales cannot call upon four players.
Kyle Donaldson, who had to be substituted at half time on Monday, Dean Arkley, Liam Cox and Ross Stead are all out. Lenny French will take over in goal as Ryhope aim to stretch their lead over runners up Redcar Athletic to five points.