RYHOPE CW, with senior players Phil Hall and James Dunn in charge, have the chance to return to pole position in the Wearside League when they line up at home to Seaton Carew tonight.
The Wearsiders are just a point behind leaders Stockton Town with a superior goal difference and a game in hand.
They could find it tricky against Seaton Carew, however, whose form has taken off recently and lifted them into fifth place.
Hall and Dunn definitely miss goalkeeper Neil Bussey and Greg Swansbury and await news on the fitness of Scott Donaldson and Nathan O’Neil, who both suffered knocks at the weekends.
Seaton Carew expect Mattie Kelsey and Ashley Clark to be available and have also named under-18 player Charlie Grant.
Gateshead Leam Rangers will take a skeleton squad to Cleator Moor Celtic which is their longest journey of the season.
Defender Tony Mpwilu serves the last of a three-match ban while work commitments sideline goalkeeper Scott Young, defenders Laurent Sanson and Alain Nandjui together with midfielders Kris Wilkinson and Taylor Hughes. Anth Huddart comes into contention.