ASHBROOKE Belford House aim to bounce back from last week’s unexpected defeat when they host Willington at Silksworth tomorrow, writes MALCOLM PRATT.
Tommy Dobbing’s side missed the opportunity to go second, losing to Boldon CA, but once again the Wearsiders are under-strength missing Martin Deacon, Mark Lawton and Paul Robertson.
Mark Egglestone and Lee Davison return, while Glen Moan, signed from Ryhope CW, could make his debut.
After ending bottom in the previous two seasons, Willington are comfortably placed in mid-table. The inclusion of Karl Thompson means that they bring a full-strength squad to Wearside.
Easington Colliery will go top if they draw or win against fifth-placed Darlington Cleveland Bridge.
Leading scorer Paul Taylor this week joined Sunderland RCA and Colliers also miss midfielder Lee Smith. In contrast, Darlington are stronger with the inclusion of Michael Richardson, Dean Lowson, Paul Legg and Gary Buckley.
It’s a case of two in and two out for Houghton Town at Prudhoe Town. Dave Clark and Chris Curtis cannot play, but secretary Anthony Cooper reports that Neil Maddison and Wayne Harrison come into contention. Prudhoe are without Lee Best and Andy Toman, but Lee Costello is added to the squad.
Because of vandalism at Boldon CA’s ground, several fixtures have had to be changed. The South Tynesiders will now visit Wolviston, where newcomer David Myers is included but Gary Brookes faces a three-match ban.
Rob Campbell will take over from injured goalkeeper Michael Thackray in the Wolviston line-up. Nathan Summersgill is sidelined with a knee injury but there is some good news for Wolviston in that Paul Vickers is back after a long injury lay-off.
Ryhope CW face a stiff challenge at Redcar Athletic in their Monkwearmouth Cup semi-final.
Jordan Thompson and James Dunn are included, but manager Martin Swales will need to assess the fitness of John Butler and Philip Hall. Redcar miss captain Andy Bell and Craig Skelton.
New Marske have three men out as they host Kirkbymoorside.