EASINGTON Colliery, aiming to finish runners-up in the Wearside League and possibly gain promotion to the Ebac Northern League, will go second if they defeat Prudhoe Town at Welfare Park tomorrow.
Following the midweek victory at Boldon CA, the Colliers are now only three points behind Horden CW, with a better goal difference. Horden are without a fixture.
Kyran Whitehead, signed from Jarrow Roofing, made his debut from the bench at Boldon CA on Wednesday night and scored one of his team’s four goals.
He’s in contention for a place in the starting line-up and another newcomer Gavin Nesbitt could be involved at some stage.
A broken leg sidelined him for six months but he’s now fully fit.
Ian Redman, Chris Pearson, Stephen Wright and Jordan Thompson are also named, but injuries rule out Shaun Smith and David Paul while Adam Drysdale is away.
Prudhoe Town, who are just below the half way mark, have no injury concerns and will travel with a full squad.
The match of the day is between champions-elect Stockton Town and fourth-placed Cleator Moor Celtic, the only other side in with a realistic chance of ending runners-up.
The Teessiders’ manager Michael Dunwell welcomes back Tom Coulthard from a one match ban and Stephen Roberts and Chris Stockton also come into the frame after recovering from injuries.
Neither Scott Meehan nor Tony Johnson can play at Stockton who have conceded only two points all season, aim to take another step towards a third consecutive title.
Spennymoor Town Reserves miss injured pair Neil Charlton and Chris Foster and Mitchell McKenna will need a late fitness test before kick-off at Seaton Carew.
David Atkinson has recovered from an injury and is included in the squad.
Seaton Carew won at home for the first time in six months last Saturday and moved out of the bottom three.
Manager Mark Loynes has selection problems, with Ash Turnbull, Rhys Tapner, Jake Ferguson and Joe Howey all out. Fortunately Anthony Davies and Charlie Grant return as the Seasiders go for back to back wins.
Jarrow have been inconsistent but recent results have lifted them to eighth from bottom before visiting second-from-basement Wolviston.
Daryl Turnbull and Liam Bayles are on the injured list, but the Tynesiders are hopeful of Kieron Purvis being available.
Wolviston are just a couple of points off the bottom but gave an encouraging performance in midweek holding sixth top Redcar Athletic to a draw.
A calf injury rules out Shaun Gregory but David Johnson has recovered from a knee problems.
Annfield Plain prop up the table and, at home to Whiteheaven, await news on the availability of Chris Lamb.
Several players are definitely ruled out but Antony Telfer is back.
Leam Rangers are likely to be without goalkeeper Lee Burrell for the remainder of the season and Maikel Moens deputises against visitors Hartlepool, who have recent signings Ben Thompson and Carl Mottram on their team sheet.
Alex Marshall, Jack Swales, Neil Fannan and Callum Sweeney are all expected to figure and so, too, is Craig Hutchinson now he has completed a three match ban.
There is a reduced programme of six fixtures because a league representative side will play the West Yorkshire League in the FA Inter-League Cup at Harton and Westoe CW (2pm). A squad of 22 players has been listed and the final line-up will be decided before kick-off.