ASHBROOKE Belford House have the chance to move into second position when they line up against Boldon CA at Silksworth tomorrow, writes Malcolm Pratt.
The Wearsiders are fourth top but the three teams above them are all on cup duty.
A win would see Tommy Dobbing’s side leapfrog Ryhope CW and Easington Colliery and put them only two points behind leaders New Marske.
Dobbing said: “It’s a great incentive but unfortunately I cannot call upon Martin Deacon or Mark Lawton. In addition, I’m awaiting news on the availability of Paul Robertson.”
Boldon CA are second bottom with only two wins in 18 attempts. They have conceded 60 goals and only Prudhoe Town have a worse defensive record.
Houghton Town hope to rekindle their faltering season at Willington.
They have slipped to fifth from the basement but go to Hall Lane with a full strength squad.
Redcar Athletic will aim to press their promotion credentials at Cleator Moor Celtic.
The Seasiders are the in-form team with eight wins and a draw from their last nine games.
A boost is the decision of Dan Drazdauskas who has returned to the club following a spell with Thornaby.
He is added to the squad together with James Smuk and Greg Booth but neither Craig Skelton nor Andy Bell can play.
Annfield Plain haven’t had a game for two months and are looking forward to returning to action at Coxhoe Athletic.
“I remember playing on snow and ice and waterlogged grounds were unheard of,” quipped Plain secretary Marshall Lawson, who has had a 50-year association with the club.
Annfield Plain have no selection concerns while Coxhoe’s Michael Hillary and Paul Wilson are rated doubtful.
Fifth-top Darlington Cleveland Bridge have Ben Griffin suspended for the visit of unchanged Windscale but Adam Wilson and Gary Buckley can play.
Silksworth, encouraged at holding neighbours Ryhope CW to a creditable draw on Wednesday night, are at Hartlepool who have been busy on the transfer front. Goalkeeper Phil Wilson, Anthony Parker, Micky Markwell and Craig Hutchinson are all expected to be involved.
Ryhope CW, who conceded two valuable points to Silksworth in midweek, turn their attention to the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup with Jarrow their opponents.
Manager Martin Swales will need to check on the fitness of club captain Phil Hall, Jordan Thompson and David Newby.
Jarrow goalkeeper Mark English is struggling with a calf injury sustained during training and Chris Hope is standing by to deputise.
Definitely out is the suspended Dean Patton while former Hebburn Town players Kyle Pendergood and Nick Pain together with Mark Brocklehurst will be pushing for places in the side.
Easington Colliery visit Stockton Town in the Wearside League Cup.
The Colliers are at full strength while Stockton could include newcomer Gavin Simcox.
Joe Hinchley, Mattie Hyson, Andy Westwood and Mick Waller are also in the frame.