SEAHAM Red Star will be pressing their promotion claims at Whickham in Division Two and after defeating leaders North Shields last week, manager Mark Collingwood claims his side is definitely in the mix.
He said: “That was our best performance since I came here at the beginning of last season. Now, we’ve got to keep the pressure on our rivals and a win at the Glebe is a must.”
Red Star’s chances of claiming three crucial points are enhanced with the inclusion of Josh Home Jackson and Adam Johnson but Daryl Donnolly could be out for a month with a back injury.
Following back to back defeats, North Shields’ lead at the top has been trimmed to five points ahead of their fixture with fifth placed Norton and Stockton Ancients at the Daren Persson Stadium.
The Robins definitely miss striker Darren Smart and will need to check on the fitness of Michael McKeown and Adam Forster but Dan Patterson, signed from Morpeth Town, is ready to make his debut.
Jarrow Roofing are second and at home to bottom of the table Ryton and Crawcrook Albion manager Richie McLoughlin reports it’s a case of two in, two out.
Ian Dixon and Stuart Nicholson come into his plans but neither Stephen Graham nor Kieran McDonald are available.
West Allotment Celtic are third, just a point ahead of Seaham Red Star. They anticipate Rob Nolan playing a part in the vital home fixture against Whitehaven.
Chester-le-Street manager Colin Wake will need to juggle his squad because no fewer than five regulars are ruled out of the visit to Alnwick Town while Washington boss Stephen Hutchinson misses Nathan Johnson and Neil Atkinson for the local derby with Birtley Town at the Nissan Sports complex.