RYHOPE CW will aim to regain pole position in the Wearside League when they line-up against Wolviston at Recreation Park tonight.
The Wearsiders are a point and one place behind leaders Stockton Town, but have a game in hand and a superior goals difference on their rivals.
Manager Paul Bennett is looking forward to a busy month and has boosted his squad by bringing in Scott Donaldson and Luke Newton.
Greg Swansbury though will be out for a month and although goalkeeper Neal Bussey has started light training, it is too early for him to make his comeback.
Before being able to finalise his side, Bennett will need to check on the fitness of James Dunn and Chris Trewick.
Wolviston are seventh from bottom and they definitely miss the influential Lee Butterworth who is working. Robbie McIlroy has completed a two match ban picked up in Sunday football and is immediately added to the squad.
Stockton Town visit fourth from basement Boldon CA with an 18-man pool of players, including Tony Johnson and Max Craggs who are not available at the weekend. Goalkeeper Michael Arthur will be looking to make it four clean sheets on the bounce.
Boldon CA boss Jason Jones has signed goalkeeper Andrew Ebdale, central midfielder Cameron Foster and full-back Ryan Dowens, who are all expected to play a part.
A further boost is the return of defenders, captain David Halliday and Phil Turner.
Silksworth CW entertain Easington Colliery with doubts surrounding the availability of John Bowes, Dan Martin and Liam Hodgson, but manager Mark McGinley can call upon Mark Robinson for the home game with Easington Colliery.
The visitors are expected to make several changes with Michael Pattison, Martin Hope, Dale Spence, Ian Redman, Rick Maughan and Nick Doyle all coming into the plans of manager Paul Frame and assistant Craig Parkinson.
Seven players are definitely ruled out. Mark Swindle, Kyle Donaldson and David Paul are banned while Keiran Gething, David Laight, Jordan Thompson and James Talbot are working.
Sunderland West End travel to Prudhoe Town with Jamie Fryatt and Darren George named in a strong side while the home team’s only absentee is the suspended Kevin Moreland.
Redcar Athletic will leapfrog Cleator Moor Celtic into third place if they defeat Seaton Carew in the local derby.
James Smuk and Adam Preston, who sat out Saturday’s game, look set to be back in the starting line-up.