SUNDERLAND West End have Jamie Fryatt back to boost spirits for tomorrow’s home Wearside League clash with rejuvenated Richmond Town at Ford Quarry.
West End manager Anth Nelson misses the suspended Brad Foster, but a major fillip is the inclusion of Fryatt, who makes his comeback following a six-month lay-off.
Visitors Richmond have improved considerably since manager Chris Lax returned a couple of months ago.
Since then, they have won four, drawn two and lost three of their nine games and are now outside the bottom six.
Lax, though, will have to get along for at least five weeks without central midfielder Mark Edzes, who has a hairline fracture of his ankle.
Also missing tomorrow, because of work commitments, is Andrew McIntosh, but Ben Holmes, Scott Ryan, Bradley Woods and Alan Reid all come into contention.
Horden CW are enjoying their best season in years and they moved into second place with a resounding victory on Wednesday.
Tomorrow, they aim to consolidate their position when they visit Boldon CA, but manager Keith Brown cannot name either goalkeeper Chris Davidson or Ethan Payne.
Fortunately, Andy McLeod, Mark Brischuck and Paul Moss return and there’s a chance that Chris Tarn, Daniel Turner and Peter Crawford will be involved at some stage.
The Colliers are eight points off the top and just one ahead of neighbours Easington Colliery, who slipped back to third when they lost their midweek fixture.
Easington are away to lowly Prudhoe Town and assistant manager Craig Parkinson reports that it is a case of five in and five out.
Jordan Thompson, Michael Turnbull, Marc Moon, Liam Beeston and Brett Gillatt are back, but injuries rule out Karl Adams, Paul Wintrip, Nick Doyle, Ian Redman and Lewis Lynch.
James Page, recently signed from Silksworth CW, is also included.
Prudhoe are almost at full strength, their only absentee being the s suspended Steven Forster.
Leam Rangers have home advantage over Ashbrooke Belford House and, with only four points separating the teams in the bottom half of the table a close result could be on the cards.
Leam have doubts surrounding the fitness of Gordon Hutchinson, Andy Townsend, Tony Mpwilu, and Gavin Williams.
Ashbrooke will still have to assess the fitness of several players.
Silksworth CW slipped back to fifth place after losing in midweek and, at home to Seaton Carew tomorrow, are minus central defender Neil Jones.
Captain Michael McVay and the suspended Rob Hall also miss out.
With Dan Martin, Ross Stead and Willie Crew on the injured list, manager Scott Cameron will have to shuffle his pack.
Seaton Carew will be unable to call upon skipper Luke Naylor for six weeks, with Sam Cook, Paul Moore and Ashley Turnbull also out injured.
Carl Sullivan, who made his debut last weekend, is named in the squad alongside Lee Jones, Neil Fannan, Shannon Davis, Craig Hutchinson, Robert Hammond and Elliott Hogg, who all come into contention.
Stockton Town, whose chances of clinching a third consecutive title were boosted when rivals Easington Colliery and Silksworth CW both lost on Wednesday, will aim to stretch an eight-point lead by defeating Whitehaven.
The Seasiders’ chances of making it 14 wins in 15 games are enhanced with the inclusion of Matthew Crossan and Carlton McCabe into a full-strength squad.
David Atkinson has been called into Spennymoor Town’s FA Cup squad and misses the Reserves’ fixture against Hartlepool at Coxhoe.
Nathan Fisher, Neil Charlton and Ross Morrow come in for Moors, while Pools name the returning Craig Garthwaite, Carl Winspear and Danny Butler, but Dan Naylor and Kevin Dixon are banned.
Annfield Plain, away to Wolviston, are pleased to have Neil Davidson, Graham McTaggart and James Davies in the fold.
The hosts cannot call upon suspended goalkeeper Ryan Hodgson or defender Andrew McGirr, but utility player Robbie McIlroy will probably be involved.
Harton and Westoe won for only the second time in midweek to move off the bottom, but they could find it difficult attempting back-to-back wins at fourth-top Cleator Moor Celtic.
The South Tynesiders have Jack Burrell and Jamie Hawker in the travelling party, but Shaun Edwards, Graham Matthewson and Gary Dadd are banned.
Jarrow are now at the basement ahead of their home game with Redcar Athletic.
Peter Kane, Andrew Barclay, Liam Bayles and Paul Burrell come into Jarrow’s squad, while Redcar have Liam Wood making his comeback after being out for six weeks.