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SUNDERLAND hope to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they make the short journey to Ryton for their rearranged fixture.

After a stop start period since the new year, which has seen only three games played in seven weeks, Sunderland will be looking to rediscover the form they showed before Christmas, following disappointing performances in their last two games. Ryton are one of four teams scrapping it out at the bottom of the league and are just one point above the relegation zone.

Despite Ryton having lost their last three games in a row, Sunderland will be taking nothing for granted, having noted that Ryton managed to score 35 points in defeat against Medicals last week.

On the selection front, Sunderland have once again been forced to reshuffle their backline.

Matt Francis comes in at 10 in place of Guy Kingsley Smith, while Tom Townend will be looking to spark the backline into action when he returns at inside centre.

Sam Vaughan is unavailable, so Jamie Maclennan moves from the centres to the wing.

Coach Fraser Kennedy and captain Martin Watt are still to make a decision as to which back replacement will be named on the bench.

In the forwards, Richard Arrowsmith is unavailable so Ryan Buckley starts in the front row and youngster Joe Arrowsmith comes into the back row in place of Andy Mackie.

Sunderland seconds and thirds both look to bounce back from defeats last week when they entertain Blyth seconds and thirds at Ashbrooke.

Sunderland away to Ryton; 12.15 meet:Robson; Harrison; Buckley; Carter; Belfield; Finch; Arrowsmith; Watt; Henry; Francis; Goforth; Townend; Jordan; Maclennan; Littlewood. Reps: Hall; Etlstob; TBC.

Sunderland II at home to Blyth II; 12.45 meet: Summers; Bengochea; Geehan; Fish; Wordsworth; Reay; Edmundson; Mackie; Cogden; Matthews; Parker; Brace; Tolley; O’Donovan; Gilbert; Arkley; Jermy; Heffernan; Bain; Hands; Wardle.

Sunderland III at home to Blyth III; 1pm meet: Marshal; Wright; Turnbull; Belfield; Jackson; Peel; Hurst; Harrison; Richardson; Grainger; Gallimore; Duff; Graham; Watson; Reah; Brown; Wayman; Marshal; Green; Cowans; Jones.

H Durham City will be confident of getting back to winning ways at home to second-bottom Gateshead in North One East on Saturday.

City pushed leaders Billingham hard last week, going 7-0 up thanks to Chris Metcalfe’s try and Arnie Stevenson’s conversion, but the visitors’ better finishing secured them a 20-7 success.

Durham, though, have already beaten Gateshead this term, 39-31 away and will hope to grab only their second win of 2012 to complete the double.