RYHOPE CW face a tricky game tomorrow when they visit improving Stockton Town.
The Teessiders produced the shock result of the seaon when they blasted five goals past the-then leaders Redcar Athletic and last week they maintained their new-found momentum with victory over Ashbrooke Belford House.
“It won’t be easy but we are on top form with nine consecutive wins,” said secretary Dougie Benison.
“We had a difficult Durham Challenge Cup tie against Easington Colliery in midweek, but came through unscathed to maintain a 100 per cent record in all competitions.”
Manager Martin Swales misses Chris Trewick, Nathan O’Neill and Paul Taylor, but Shaun Petch and James Dunn return.
Stockton Town are unable to name Tom Hinchley, Matty Hyson, Andy Westwood and Danny Wray.
Gav Simcox, Reece Connolly and David Johnson come into contention and Chris Stockton, injured pre-season, could feature at some stage.
Sunderland West End aim to extend their encouraging start at Hartlepool.
The Wearsiders have won five and lost only two of their first seven games and joint manager Steve Patton welcomes the availability of Luke Saunders, John Toomer and David Sewell, especially as four players are out.
Goalkeeper Scott Young is banned and also sidelined are Ross Kennedy, Jack Purvis and captain Dave Sanderson.
There is a local derby between Silksworth Rangers and Ashbrooke Belford House.
Rangers are bottom with just one win and eight defeats from nine games. Boss Keith Stafford handed debuts to Brian Mather and James Gilhespy on Wednesday and he has also brought in Paul Muir.
The trio are expected to feature against Ashbrooke, who cannot call upon Mark Green or Brian Steele. Manager Tommy Dobbing is hopeful Glen Moan will be pronounced fit.
Peterlee Town meet Boldon CA for the second time in four days. After defeating their rivals in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday, manager Don Naylor and his assistant Keith Bell will be hoping for a quick double.
The Newtowners have injury concerns for Adam Croft and Andrew Collier, while CA have signed centre back Neil Crammond.
Fourth-top Jarrow name Mark Brocklehurst and Daryl Donnolly, but have loaned Chris McDonald to Hebburn Reyrolle.
Coxhoe Athletic, visitors to Perth Green, are unable to name the suspended Adam McDonald.
Recent signings Matthew Main and Connor Richardson are expected to make their debuts alongside the returning Trevor Tierney.
Prudhoe Town have moved into the top half of the table ahead of their game at Darlington Cleveland Bridge. Carl Connon is banned and Martin O’Neill injured.
The Bridge will need to check on the fitness of Michael Richardson and Thomas Watson.
Gateshead Leam Rangers will hand a debut to Gordon Hutchinson, but Leon Kane is suspended for the visit of Kirkbymoorside, who are pleased to have Sargo Cham available.
Redcar Athletic are at Wolviston.Christian Selby has joined Billingham Town and Wolviston also go without Shaun Gregory and Luke Bennington.
Redcar have brought in Robbie Clarkson and a further boost is the availability of goalkeeper Scott Allison.
Willington are on FA Carlsberg Vase duty at Gillford Park, while Annfield Plain play Seaham Red Star in the Durham Challenge Cup.