DURHAM City manager Dickie Ord is aiming for a hat-trick of Ebac Northern League victories against Billingham Synthonia at New Ferens Park tomorrow.
Buoyed by back to back City wins in league and cup, the former Sunderland defender said: “I thought we played very well in the last couple of matches and hopefully we can keep the run going.
“Synners have taken just one point from four games, so we are in with a chance.”
City’s only absentee is Evann Graham, who is recovering from a broken foot sustained in pre-season.
Synthonia are enduring their worst start to a season in almost 30 years, and long-serving secretary Graham Craggs observed: “I’ve never known anything like it. We desperately need a win to kick-start our campaign and hopefully this will happen tomorrow.”
Captain David Hillerby is waiting for a scan on his injured knee while Andrew Forster (ankle) could also miss out.
Bedlington Terriers will attempt to consolidate pole position in Division One when they visit Whitley Bay.
Tony Shandran is a definite non-starter, while Kris Gate and Richard Pell face fitness tests.
Whitley manager Ian Chandler admits his side is not playing well, and he has lost Chris Moore to Barrow, while Callum Anderson and Denver Morris are unavailable tomorrow.
Adam Robinson, signed from Bishop Auckland, is set to play for South Shields against his former club, while Shaun Sweeney also comes into contention but Rob Birdsall is definitely out.
Champions Spennymoor entertain bottom club Newton Aycliffe, while Sunderland RCA are without a match.
In Division Two, Chester-le-Street are third ahead of Whickham’s visit. Striker Ollie Forsyth is suspended while Stephen Buzzeo is doubtful with a shoulder injury picked up at Birtley in midweek.
Horden CW manager Peter Mulcaster hopes to have three newcomers in his squad at Northallerton.
He said: “We’ve had two mediocre displays and I need to change things around before we get into a rut.”
Leaders Ryhope CW are favourites at home to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion, who have lost all four games so far.
Nathan Johnson and James Dunn are sidelined with injuries and Ryhope manager Martin Swales will check on the fitness of Chris Rookes, Nathan O’Neil and Dean Arkley before finalising his side.
Washington host Whitehaven at Nissan.