EASINGTON Colliery, who moved to the top of the table at the weekend, face a difficult challenge in tonight’s game against Redcar Athletic at Welfare Park.
Following a poor start to the season, the Seasiders have come good and are now in sixth position.
Redcar hope that leading scorer Jason Kesterton will have recovered from flu.
Greg Booth and Craig Skelton are added to the squad but Daryl Rivis could miss the rest of the season.
New Marske are second, equal on points with Easington, ahead of their fixture at Silksworth who will be without six players.
Dean Hannah, Eoin Shannan, John McLean, Alan Golightly, Michael Renshaw and Kevin Golightly all miss out.
Ryan Mather has been signed from Seaham Red Star until the end of the season while Calvin Magnus’ transfer from Ryhope CW is permanent.
New Marske are in a more healthier position and their only absentees are Paul Venus and Justin Hutchinson.
Ryhope CW are third top, just a point adrift of the leading pair. They have home advantage over Jarrow and once again manager Martin Swales cannot name captain Philip Hall. In addition, John Butler and Martin Metcalfe will undergo late fitness tests.
Jarrow are looking to avenge a recent defeat at the hands of Ryhope and boss Dave Bell is hoping that Dean Patton, Christie Elliott and Mark Brocklehurst can play.
Houghton Town have an attractive fixture at Leyburn Grove with Kirkbymoorside, who reached the final of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup on Saturday.
Town miss Wayne Harrison and Adam Summerson but welcome the inclusion of Simon Williamson and Chris Curtis. Brothers Aaron and Daryl Rivis and Sarjo Cham are missing from the visitors’ line up.
Prudhoe Town, who won for the first time at the weekend, line up at home to Stockton Town again missing Lee Best and Andy Bowman but secretary Chris Lowther reports that he hopes to complete the signing of two players before kick off.
Stockton have lost just one of their last seven games but are under strength since David Johnson and Micky Waller cannot play.
For their home fixture with Wolviston, Willington’s only doubt is Paul Thorns. The visitors go without Michael Arthur and Mark Brydon while Anthony Brown and Karl Barry are doubts.
Hartlepool welcome the return of brothers Andy and Phil Ross, and Mark Nicholson, signed from Guisborough Town, is pencilled in for his first game at Darlington Cleveland Bridge who have strengthened their squad with the singing of Christian Holliday and Nick Petch.