Belford House hope to maintain winning form

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ASHBROOKE Belford House, who celebrated at the weekend when they reached the final of the Wearside League Cup, return to Wearside League action tonight with the chance to move into eighth place.

They host lowly Annfield Plain at Silksworth Welfare Park and joint-manager Asa Dobbing is hoping that a near full-strength squad will be available.

Although, the injured Ian Potts is a definite absentee, the Wearsiders anticipate David Christie, Johnny Dunn, Shaun Petch, Alan Young and David Scott being available.

Easington Colliery aim for back-to-back wins when they visit Harton and Westoe, who also won on Saturday.

The Colliers hit Prudhoe Town with a 10-goal blitz, but it could be more difficult on South Tyneside even though the hosts are without striker Sean Flood.

Captain Keith Oliver is rated doubtful, but Paul Burrell definitely resumes and recent signings David Bulman, Kyle Houshby and Adam King could also be involved.

Easington are forced into making a number of changes.

Ash Gillespie made an impressive debut at the weekend, but work commitments prevent him from playing.

Jordan Thompson, Ian Redman, Mark Swindle and David Laight are also ruled out, but captain Luke Page has recovered fitness and David Paul has completed a four match ban.

Influential centre-half Karl Adams, who has been out since November with back problems, also comes into contention.

In-form Dale Spence and Michael Pattison will again spearheard the attack and 16-year-old Kai Watson is named in an 18-man squad after making his debut off the bench on Saturday.

Easington though have injury concerns for Nick Doyle and Rick Maughan.

There is a local derby on South Tyneside when Boldon CA have home advantage over Jarrow.

Boldon have full-back Barney Dobbinson, centre-half Phil Turner and goalkeeper Conner Binney working, but midfielder Karl Carson and defender Anthony Renwick come into the plans of manager Jason Jones.

A boost for Boldon is the news that striker Brodie Simpson managed 15 minutes on his return to action at the weekend.

Top six sides Redcar Athletic and Richmond Town clash with the Seasiders looking to move into third place.

Steven Barker could return, but Liam Wood and Chris Bivens are both given only a 50-50 chance of being passed fit.

Jamie Lee picked up a shin injury on Saturday, but is expected to play tonight and there is positive news on Luke Woodall, who has missed the last few matches.

A point for Richmond Town will lift them above Sunderland West End into third place.

Although, Gary Sharda, Chris Thornber and Lee White are all named, Chris Pattison, Michael Layfield and Jason Newall are unavailable.

The fixture between Prudhoe Town and Stockton Town at Kimberley Park has been postponed because of problems with the floodlights.