Northern League: Four back to lift Sunderland RCA against bogey side Consett

Seaham Red Star (red/white) line up a shot against West Auckland last week. Picture by Kevin Brady

Seaham Red Star (red/white) line up a shot against West Auckland last week. Picture by Kevin Brady

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Sunderland RCA have an attractive First Division game at home to Consett tomorrow.

Ross Preston and Greg Swansbury are back in Martin Swales’ squad, as well as skipper Clayton Davis and Adam McGuinness.

A late fitness test will be given to Ross McNab at Meadow Park and although goalkeeper Neal Bussey is back in light training after three months out, the game may be too early for him.

Official Colin Wilson said: “They are a bogey side for us and we are due a win against them.”

Second-bottom Chester-le-Street journey to Newcastle Benfield without Lee Mole, Jack Honour and Matthew Smith, who are all injured.

But David Latham, Alex White, Daniel Bedding and Joseph Hailes all return.

Benfield manager Mark Convery said: “Our squad is at full strength for the game.”

Benfield have lost just once at home in nine matches so far.

Jarrow Roofing host Ashington at Boldon, desperate to end a six-game winless run in all competitions.

Now without the departed Paul Chow, boss Richie McLoughlin thinks the midweek Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup defeat to Second Division high-fliers Whickham is a wake-up call.

“We are not playing well at the moment,” said McLoughlin. “However, after the Whickham game, I think the players finally realised what kind of situation we are in. We need a win, and we need to start picking up points, and I hope we can do that against an Ashington side who are having a great season.”

Whitley Bay, who confirmed Marc Nash as permanent manager in midweek, entertain Penrith at Hillheads. Anthony Woodhouse will act as assistant manager, with Chris Moore in as coach. The trio combined for two wins and a draw in their three matches in caretaker charge.

Dunston UTS host West Allotment Celtic.

In Division Two, Durham City will look to get back to winning ways when they host Ryton & Crawcrook Albion at Consett.

After picking up just one point from the last two matches, dropping to fifth place, Ollie Hotchkiss’s side need a victory. Secretary Fred Usher said: “I think we’ll be playing the same team as in midweek - we have no added additions and I don’t think there’s any injuries. I don’t know Ryton that well, but we’re hoping to pick up the three points.”

Sixth-placed Easington Colliery, pegged back to a draw by Brandon United last week, will hope to beat visitors Crook Town at the Welfare Park.

Crook, with a fully fit squad, have signed David Vincent from Shildon on a short-term loan and he should make his debut.

Brandon United face a difficult task at second-top Billingham Synthonia, who have lost just two of their 18 league games.

Synners have one injury worry, with John Seaton struggling to overcome an ankle injury.

Brandon secretary Barry Ross said: “Stephen Turnbull and Luke Thompson are suspended, but Shane Todd returns.”

Bottom club Esh Winning journey to fourth-placed Stockton Town, who have Adam Nicholson back from his one-match suspension.

Tom Coulthard is away and misses the game, while Kallum Hannah is also a doubt with a leg injury, so manager Michael Dunwell will have to shuffle his squad around.

Esh have two new signings available, in Shane Ross and Graham Embleton, but Lee Best, Mark Fish and Andrew Clarkson are all out injured.

Billingham Town, seven points off the promotion places with games in hand, hope to follow up their recent win at leaders Team Northumbria with a victory at Tow Law.

Elsewhere, Willington entertain Northallerton, Bedlington Terriers go to Alnwick and Norton & Stockton Ancients host Heaton Stannington.