DESPITE losing to Wearside League championship contenders Richmond Town on Wednesday, Sunderland West End are still in with a good chance of finishing fourth – but they’ll need to bounce back to form when they visit Seaton Carew tomorrow.
A boost is the return of goalkeeper Neil Bussey, who was banned for the midweek fixture against Richmond Town.
There is also the possibility of Daley Clark being available but Gavin Dorwood will miss the last six games.
The Seasiders are comfortably placed in the middle of the table and they are forced to delay announcing their squad because of a long injury list.
Last Saturday, former Hartlepool player Brian Linighan (39) and John Webster (38) had to turn out and the pair could again be pressed into action tomorrow.
Easington Colliery, who are fourth from bottom, host Redcar Athletic stronger with the availability of goalkeeper Graeme Pickering, who missed the last game through suspension. The Colliers anticipate Mark Robinson taking his place in midfield and Keiran Gething is pencilled in for a place in the attack.
Peterlee Town are aiming to finish in the top six and they will hope to make home advantage count at the expense of Prudhoe Town.
Five players are added to a 16-man squad with Anth Rogerson, Spencer Shevlin, Farran Pope, Calvin Magnus and David Tewby competing for places in the staring line-up. Prudhoe are also close to full strength, their only absentee being the injured Kevin Dixon.
Silksworth Rangers prop up the table seven points behind Annfield Plain, who have four games in hand on the Wearsiders.
Rangers play their last away game at second top Stockton Town where they can expect a difficult afternoon.
Manager Mark McGinley waits news on the fitness of Gary Hargrieves before announcing his side which will include the returning John Turvey.
Stockton are just seven points adrift of leaders Willington and their chances of completing a double are enhanced with the return of Tom Atkinson, Callum Hannah and Danny O’Brien.
Willington have qualified for promotion to the Ebac Northern League providing their ground meets the required criteria. They had an advisory inspection last October and are confident they will pass a final test.
The Hall Lane side are on South Tyneside for their fixture with Boldon CA who will not name their pool of players until nearer kick off because so many are struggling with injuries.
Richmond Town are third and although 12 points off the top they have played two fewer games than Willington.
Adam Taylor is a definitel absentee after picking up an injury during the week while Gary Shardha and brothers Ben and Liam Darville are also ruled out.
Jarrow, eyeing a top six place, are severely depleted at home to Gateshead Leam Rangers with captain Kyle Pendergood, Paul Trosh, Andrew Wilkinson, Liam Bayles and Peter Kirkham all injured.
Leam are boosted with the availability of former Jarrow players Mark Rumbles and Gordon Hutchinson.
Coxhoe Athletic travel to Kirbymoorside definitely without Stephen Clough, Brad Kane and Simon Ord and they also have doubts for Philip Best, Neil Charlton and Stephen Parnaby.
Ashbrooke Belford House are at Wolviston and although manager Tommy Dobbing welcomes back Kyle Anderson and David Scott, neither Martin Deacon nor Stuart Burton can play. He will also need to check on the fitness of Paul Robertson and Paul Grainger.
Wolviston are also under strength with Karl Barry, Robert McIlroy and Ian Bishop sidelined.
Hartlepool name Shane O’Brien, Stephen Flounders, Adam Ward and Liam Lewis but work commitments prevent David Laight from playing against Darlington Cleveland Bridge who have Michael Carter, Luke Black and Martyn Stubbings in their squad.