EASINGTON Colliery aim to preserve the only unbeaten record in the Wearside League tomorrow, but they won’t find it easy at New Marske, writes Malcolm Pratt.
The Seasiders are only three points behind the leaders although they have played one more game.
Easington had a good fightback to win 2-1 win on Wednesday evening against Redcar Athletic, but will be without goalkeeper Joe Atherton and Rob Huntley tomorrow.
Nicky Lawson, signed from Sunderland RCA, impressed making his debut on Wednesday and is expected to continue in goal.
Ryhope CW’s championship challenge suffered a setback when they went down to Jarrow.
The Wearsiders visit fourth-from-bottom Coxhoe Athletic boosted by the return of captain Phil Hall and Martin Metcalfe.
Coxhoe could also be injury-free and their only doubt surrounds Paul Wilson.
Silksworth face a difficult test at Jarrow who, after scoring six goals last weekend, managed only one but it was sufficient for them to claim a morale-boosting victory over Ryhope CW in midweek.
Manager Steven Smith will not select his line-up until shortly before kick-off but already knows he will be unable to call upon six players.
Jarrow boss Dave Bell awaits news on the fitness of midfielders Mark Brocklehurst and Christie Elliott.
So far, Ashbrooke Belford House have been unable to reproduce the form they showed before the break and manager Tommy Dobbing will be hoping for an improvement at Hartlepool where Martin Deacon, Peter Benson, Mark Lawton and Mark Egglestone come into contention.
The Wearsiders, though, cannot name Mark Green, Stephen Dickinson or Paul Robertson.
Houghton Town, in Cumbria for their fixture at Windscale, are unable to call upon six players.
Work commitments prevent Ben Maddison, Liam Turnbull, Simon Williamson and Adam Summerson from travelling while Daley Clarke and Billy Harrison are injured.
Boldon CA have no selection concerns for their game at Redcar Athletic, who have leading scorer James Kesterton and Greg Booth back but skipper Andy Bell continues on the sidelines with an injured ankle.