Silksworth CW go into tomorrow’s derby match at home to Sunderland West End, hoping to avenge a 3-1 away defeat just a month ago.
The high-flying hosts will have a full strength squad at their disposal, with Dean Randall and Craig Stewart both now fit, after missing the last four games.
Keeper Joe Clayton, on returning from the Northern League, has been outstanding and has helped steady the defence.
The keeper position is well covered and manager Andrew Stobbart allowed the transfer of Daniel Lowerson to Ashbrooke Belford House last week.
Secretary David Steele has been delighted to see an increase in attendances, with Silksworth sitting fourth in the table.
“We are now getting a decent crowd in to watch, which is down to the management wanting to play attractive football,” said Steele.
“Last year’s lower league placing, after a number of managerial changes, has seen a lot of hard work been put in, and has helped push the team into the top end of the league.”
West End are at full strength and have Mark Catcherside and Luke Bell available for selection.
Ashbrooke Belford House travel to Annfield Plain without Kieron Stokoe, who is on holiday, but they do welcome back Liam Laidler, Mason Burton, Michael Jacob and Mark Green.Sixth-placed
Boldon CA are at home to South Shields Reserves, just one place and four points behind, and manager Paul Mossa has had to bring players into his squad, as there are 11 players out injured.
Paul Trosh, from Jarrow, and Neil Crammon, from Harton and Westoe, have joined and he hopes to land more to get him through the current crisis.
On a bright note, Aaron Williams, returns after missing the last four games. Striker Dominic Mossa is rated 50/50 to play.
South Shields Reserves’ secretary, Philip Reay, said: “We hope to have Nathan Sinclair fit. He picked up an injury last Saturday, but we hope that it will not prevent him from playing.
“We will need a full squad, because two of the reserves have been called into the first-team squad, which will have an effect on the reserves.
“The manager, Kevin Bolam, will be disappointed to be losing the two young players, Ryan Bolam and Ewan Simpson, both 18, but he’s delighted that they’re playing for the first team.”
Seaham Red Star Reserves travel to Cleator Moor Celtic and have Mark Ruddock, Aaron Wood, Jordan Thompson, Michael Cook, Anthony Watson and Kyle Bell returning after missing last week.
But doubts surround Andy Johnston and Jonathon Hodgson.
Cleator Moor should be at full strength for the match. They are looking to get back to winning ways following last week’s draw with Coxhoe Athletic and the midweek defeat at Silksworth CW.
Harton and Westoe entertain Redcar Athletic and the South Tynesiders’ secretary, Kevin Gibson, said: “We’re interviewing for the mangers post of the moment. The team is likely to be unchanged for this weekend.
“It’s been a busy week following the resignation of management duo Jason Jones and Keith Brown, who took over the job of managing Bedlington Terriers. Everyone at Harton wishes them the best of luck, but it’s been a pretty hectic week.
“We have spoken to several candidates over the past few days and we are speaking with more over the next two days. The standard of applicants has been tremendous and we will not rush into a hasty decision, but we are hopeful of having somebody in post by next week.”
Redcar remember last season’s final game, when they had to come from 3-1 down to beat Harton 6-3, so they will not take the bottom club lightly.
Andy Jennings, Joel Callender and Joe Bennett returned for the 6-1 midweek defeat of Wolviston and Luke Johnson, who also missed last Saturday’s 7-1 victory against Leam Rangers, returns tomorrow.
Coxhoe Athletic host Hartlepool, with Steven Fothergill, Neil Charlton and Chris Baxter all expected to be available after missing last week’s game. Tom Morgan has left the club.
Coxhoe secretary Paul Charlton said: “It’s been a good start to the season, but I think we want to finish in the top six and get to a cup final. We have a good group of lads in the squad, so we are building for the future.”
Hartlepool have Andy Blackburn doubtful with a hamstring injury. Ash Clark, Luke Naylor, Paul Moss, Cameron Gordon and keeper Josh Noble are all expected to return.
Leam Rangers host Richmond Town, while Horden CW, reinvigorated by their six-goal midweek triumph at Harton and Westoe, entertain Windscale at Grayfields Enclosure in Hartlepool.
Leaders Jarrow travel to Wolviston without injured duo Darren Morton and Ross McCauley, while Aaron Kah and Mark Williams are unavailable.
Andy Wilkinson, though, is fit to return and Jason Pressling is available after missing the midweek 1-0 defeat of Leam Rangers.
Jarrow’s David Bell said: “Wolviston is always a hard place to go, so we expect a really tough game.”
“Our work rate of late has been excellent and we know that every game that we need to have that as an absolute minimum.
“The whole squad has been excellent so far this season and I cannot pay them enough compliments for their desire and attitude. The challenge for us now is to keep that going.”