PETERLEE Town, aiming to improve their Wearside League mid-table position, have suffered a blow with the news that Dale Spence is ruled out of tomorrow’s game with Cleator Moor Celtic.
Spence scored both goals in the midweek victory over Annfield Plain, but work commitments sideline him against the Cumbrians, who are only just above the Newtowners on goal difference.
Fortunately, Jordan Thompson is available and he is added to an 18-man squad.
Easington Colliery are seventh from bottom and were encouraged by their performance on Wednesday night when they took leaders Willington to the wire before losing by the only goal.
They are without defender Craig Garthwaite and midfielder Anthony Phillipson whose replacement could well be the returning Mark Robinson.
Despite losing their last match, Jarrow remain in the top six but definitely go without Tony Chilton and Kyle Gray. Daryl Turnbull resumes but a doubt surrounds the availability of Andy Wilkinson.
Ashbrooke Belford House host Prudhoe Town with manager Tommy Dobbing anxiously awaiting news on the fitness of Lewis Hutchinson. Mark Egglestone is definitely out but Kyle Anderson comes into contention. Prudhoe’s only absentee is the injured Kevin Edgar.
Silksworth Rangers travel to Coxhoe Athletic with a full-strength squad. Neil Jones, Michael Curtis, James Alston and John Turvey come into an 18-man pool.
Former player Peter Croft has joined the management team at Coxhoe but he cannot name Chris Baxter, Neil Charlton or Paul Orton.
Brad Cane, Stephen Parnaby and Kyle Wren come into the plans of Croft whose task will be to steer the side away from their lowly position.
Gateshead Leam Rangers and Harton and Westoe again lock horns. Recently, Harton led by five goals before Leam produced a barnstorming finish and in the end Harton won by just a one-goal margin.
Gateshead’s chances of overturning that defeat are enhanced with the expected return of Robbie Dixon to a full-strength line-up.
Harton, up to third during their first season in the competition have Martin Nugent, David Graham, Liam Foreman and Ben Cooper all working. Paul Burnell, Tony Curnow and Karl McMan come into consideration and Harton are hoping for more of the same from Steven Telford who has been a regular marksman since joining the club.
Captain Mark Williams, Carl Evans and Kevin Davidson line up for Boldon CA but centre half David Hopper cannot make the journey to Richmond Town.
The Yorkshiremen are in second place just one point adrift of Willington. Chris Pattison is set to make his debut and Richmond are further bolstered with the inclusion of Simon Pinkney and Adam Taylor but Chris Walker, Scott Ryan and Lee White are all ruled out.
Willington, who have conceded only two points in 14 games, visit Seaton Carew considerably under strength, missing Graeme Lazenzy, Stephen Howe, Dean Hanson, David Moffat and Shaun Brown. Seaton’s only concern is for the injured Dominic Laffin.
Rejuvenated Wolviston aim to extend winning form at the expense of Sunderland West End but are likely to be without Shaun Gregory. Definitely missing is goalkeeper Daniel Jeffrey who could be sidelined for up to two months with a shoulder injury sustained last week.