Davies and Parker in line for RCA starts

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JAMIE Davis, ruled out of the last five matches with a calf strain, makes a welcome return for Sunderland RCA is the Ebac Northern League First Division game with Newcastle Benfield at Meadow Park.

The squad is also bolstered by John Parker, a new arrival from West Auckland Town, who is also set to start.

Captain Brian Close will be absent, as will loyal servant Wayne Henderson, who is now in his 13th season with the club.

No longer a regular of Neil Hixon’s squad, he helps out whenever needed and this week won warm praise for his commitment.

Hixon said: “Wayne is top notch. He’s only played a few games for me this season but I’ve only got to pick up the phone and he’s there.”

Durham City’s new boss Adam Furness has been busy on the transfer front and four new faces could be involved when Marske United visit New Ferens Park.

Gareth Young (Esh Winning), Steven Jones (Sunderland RCA), Jack Walker (Whitley Bay) and Ricky Fenwick from South Shields are the recent additions to Furness’ squad.

The match of the day could be at the Glamal Stadium between Billingham Synthonia and high-riding Darlington 1883.

Synners are seventh and will be buoyant after giving second top Spennymoor Town a good game in midweek.

They are hopeful that goalkeeper Josh Moody will have recovered from a knee injury and Stephen Huggins is also doubtful but Jordan Marshall resumes.

Synners have signed Ejiro Okosieme on work experience from Middlesbrough and the 6ft 6in midfielder is also pencilled into the squad.

Bedlington Terrier’s boss Keith Perry has several injury concerns for the visit of Penrith with Phil Cave, Kris Gate, Mark Convery and goalkeeper Chris Pickering all considered doubtful.

Should Pickering again be ruled out, Kevin Morton will don the keeper’s jersey.

Dunston UTS travel west to Celtic Nation aiming to continue their recent form which has lifted them to almost mid table from second bottom.

Manger Billy Irwin reports that Michael Robson is available and he’s hopeful that striker Stephen Goddard will also be able to play especially as Steven Shaw is rated extremely doubtful.

Ashington cannot name Jonny Godsmark, Phil Bell or Josh Gray at South Shields and Whitley Bay, smarting from a heavy midweek defeat, face a potential banana skin at home to bottom of the table Newton Aycliffe who held Sunderland RCA to a draw on Tuesday night.

Seahorses’ boss Ian Chandler awaits news on the availability of Chris Reid and Callum Anderson but Craig McFarlane is probably a week away from making his comeback.