CHESTER-LE-STREET manager Colin Wake is forced into making at least one change for tonight’s Ebac Northern League Second Division game against Whickham at Chester Moor Park.
Goalkeeper Chris Rookes has returned to his parent club Morpeth Town after a loan spell with the Cestrians came to an end following Saturday’s game.
“It should be a good match. Whickham will be on a high after winning in the FA Carlsberg Vase at the week-end,” observed Cestrian chairman Joe Burlison.
Whickham have been unable to transpose their Vase form into the league and are 14th, two points below Chester-le-Street.
Jarrow Roofing have played only 15 games, fewer than any other side, but even so go into their home fixture with Whitehaven eighth from top.
In Division One, Sunderland RCA are at home to Guisborough Town, with boss David Lee waiting on fitness reports on Nathan Wilson and Gavin Barton.
Dunston UTS travel to Marske United. Definitely missing from the UTS squad is ace marksman Andy Bulford, who has had an operation on his groin. Chris Swailes is still recovering from the hamstring injury which has kept him on the sidelines for three weeks.
Durham City goalkeeper James Winter was another player to have an operation after breaking a leg at Guisborough Town.
“Injuries and suspensions are beginning to hit a small squad, so I’m looking to strengthen as soon as possible,” reported manager Adam Furness ahead of the visit to Penrith.
West Auckland Town, the only unbeaten side in the two divisions, will go fourth if they defeat Billingham Synthonia while at the other end of the table, Hebburn Town are searching for their first win when they entertain Morpeth Town.
Two ties are down for decision in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.
South Shields host promotion challengers Northallerton Town at Peterlee while Washington, who slipped back into the bottom three of the ENL Second Division on Saturday, have home advantage over Tow Law Town.
H A big crowd is expected at the Brewery Field for Spennymoor United’s FA Carlsberg Vase Second Round replay against Winsford United. The sides fought out a goalless draw on Saturday.
H There will be three all-ENL ties in the Third Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. The pick is that between four-time winners Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS, who lifted the trophy in 2012. A big crowd will be expected at Hillheads.
Jarrow Roofing have home advantage over Newcastle Benfield while West Auckland Town, beaten by Dunston UTS in last year’s final, will entertain Billingham Synthonia.
Ashington host Thackley while Whickham travel to Brighouse Town and Morpeth Town are at Steveley Miners Welfare.
If Spennymoor Town defeat Winsford United in tonight’s replay, they will be at home to Bridlington Town.
Ties are to be played on Saturday, December 7.