EBAC NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Five return to boost Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA entertain Whitley Bay in a Ebac Northern League Division One encounter and manager Martin Swales will be boosted by players returning to the squad.

Friday, 16th December 2016, 2:15 pm

Boss Swales said: “We should have Clayton Davis, Craig Hodgson, Mark Robinson, Liam McBryde and Stephen Callen all back in the squad.

“However, out will be John Butler, second match of a suspension.”

“There will be late fitness tests for Michael Charlton and Colin Larkin.

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“We’re on a decent run at the moment, and not conceding many goals.

“Hopefully, we can keep that going and take the three points on against a decent Whitley Bay side.”

Chester-le-Street are in desperate need of points and welcome high flying Morpeth Town and the Cestrians have Lee Mole, Mark Peck, Michael Graver and Mark Pattison all missing.

However, Aaron Reynolds, Dan Hepplewhite, Dan Bedding and David Latham all return.

Seaham Red Star entertain Dunston UTS and UTS secretary Bill Montague said: “Hopefully we’ll have Dale Burrell back after injury and Dan Smith should return to the squad.

“The only other doubt is Luke Gilhespy who had to come off last Saturday.

“It’s going to be a really hard game, Seaham Red Star gave us a bit of a lesson in football in our prior game, beating us well.

“We will strive to improve on that and we are looking little bit stronger now.”

Red Star are expected to choose from a full squad, with Warren Byrne returning after being ineligible against South Shields as part of his loan deal.

New signing Mark Bertram – from Durham City – is in line to make his debut.

Shildon welcome Newcastle Benfield and visiting manager Mark Convery said: “We have a couple of injuries to contend with, Moussa Bakhti ligaments in his ankle and Steven Baptist.

“We’ve signed John Campbell who will be a good addition to the team, as we have a couple of hard games coming up.

“They’ll be a good indicator of where we’re at, so we are looking forward to them.”

Washington welcome South Shields and visiting manager Graham Fenton said: “We’ve signed Alex Nicholson form Blyth, who is available and we are waiting to get fitness tests on Lee Paul-Scroggins and Gavin Cogdon who may come into contention.”

“Louis Storey is still out and probably about six or seven weeks away. It will be a tough game.

“I went to watch them last week and was impressed with them and we are looking forward to it.”

The Mariners will be looking for a 16th win in 17 games, in all competitions.

West Auckland Town are at home to Ryhope CW and Secretary Wayne Jones said: “David Edwards is out, after amassing five yellow cards.

“We have a transfer going through this week, we’ll be signing Lewis Graham a goalkeeper.

“We’re also looking to sign two more players.

“We will be trying to get the victory and the points as three points before Christmas would be nice.”

Consett in fifth, are at home to Bishop Auckland in sixth position, just two points below them with a couple of games in hand, so on paper this looks a terrific match.