BECAUSE of Sunderland’s Capital One Cup Final date with Manchester City at Wembley, only six Wearside League fixtures are scheduled for tomorrow.
Ashbrooke Belford House and Sunderland West End took the decision to bring forward their game to tonight and a good crowd is expected at Silksworth’s Welfare Park.
Ashbrooke joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that it is a case of three in and three out. Dale Wells, Ryan Veitch and Ian Potts resume but David Christie, Michael Melmore and Lee Andrews are all unable to play,
Ashbrooke are seventh top with West End just one place and two points above their neighbours.
Stephen Lax has re-signed and will make his seasonal debut for West End who will go fifth if they claim all three points.
A number of sides will be weaker tomorrow because players are travelling to Wembley.
Easington Colliery are without Kyle Donaldson, Rick Maughan, Michael Noble, Ian Redman, Nick Doyle and James Talbot who will all be cheering the lads on at Wembley.
The Colliers’ unavailability list stands at 12. David Paul and Mark Swindle are suspended while injuries sideline David Laight, Karl Adams and Mark Stephenson.
Dale Huggins is ready to make his come back following a six month lay-off but work commitments mean his return is delayed.
Easington’s assistant manager Craig Parkinson also reports that recent signing from Horden CW, Reece Brymer is expected to make his second appearance while Ryan Mather, Adam Heath and Michael Pattison are also named.
“It’s amazing that we have12 players unavailable – but six of them are off to Wembley. Even so, (manager) Paul Frame will still be able to name a full squad for the visit of Boldon CA,” said Parkinson.
Boldon CA boss Jason Jones is in a much healthier position although captain David Halliday will be at Wembley.
Patrick Whitley sits the game out with a leg injury but Chris Hamill has recovered his fitness while Gary Evans and Brodie have completed bans.
Jarrow are severely depleted at Seaton Carew with David Mullen, Brian Johnson, Dean Black, Peter Kane, Anthony Chilton and Liam Bayles all ruled out.
The number of absentees will rise to seven if Darren Morton fails a fitness test. Peter Henderson, on loan from South Shields, is named.
Following a heavy defeat last week, Season Carew are pleased to have Sam Cook and Paul Braithwaite in their squad.
Ryhope CW are one of the sides without a game and second top Stockton Town will leapfrog the Wearsiders should they defeat lowly Gateshead Leam Rangers.
Manager Stephen Gill could well name the same starting line-up for the third consecutive game. The previous two have yielded six points with eight goals for and none conceded.
However, Craig Wilkinson, Luke Whittaker, James Ward, Tony Johnson and Tom Coulthard are included in a very strong squad.
Tony Boakes resigned as manager of Prudhoe Town following last week’s defeat at the hands of Shankhouse and following a meeting of players, two of them Andrew Clarkson and Lee Best will take over the running of the team until the end of the season.
Prudhoe travel to Wolviston and the home side welcome back club skipper Shaun Gregory, who has been out for six weeks with a broken nose.
Daryl Tomlinson is also named but neither Ian Danby nor Nathan Summersgill are available.
Hartlepool, who are only off the bottom of the table by virtue of having a better goal difference than Coxhoe Athletic, face a difficult task at home to fourth top Redcar Athletic.
Shane O’Brien and Anthony Davies are working while Jack Stonehouse (shoulder) and leading scorer Callum Sweeney (ankle) are both rated doubtful.
A boost for Pools is the return of Criag Risebury who has been out for a month with a knee injury. David Thompson and Andrew Ross also come into the frame.
Redcar have been hit with a double blow. Alex Anderson’s season could be over as he struggles with an injury and it will be several weeks before Lee Blackburn is fit to play.
Annfield Plain have James Davies and Aaron Reynolds making their way to Wembley but with new signings in the offing they are hopeful of taking something from the game and make a sustained push in the remaining fixtures.