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JOSH Home-Jackson is included in Sunderland RCA’s squad for tomorrow’s Ebac Northern League First Division game against Marske United at Meadow Park. 

Manager Neil Hixon had hoped to complete the signing earlier but everything in now in place and the former Durham City player will be a valuable addition to the Wearsiders’ wafer-thin squad.

Hixon said: “I’ve been looking to bring in one or two players for some time but it’s not easy. I did try to sign another couple of lads but I think those deals are dead and buried.

“We’ve got so many players out injured that we are down on numbers which could mean I’ll have to ask my assistant Carl Beasley to get his boots on again tomorrow.”

Definitely out are defenders Ross Preston, Johnny Butler, Steve Jones and Dave Gordon together with striker Dale Jardine.

South Shields face a difficult test when Spennymoor Town visit Filtrona Park. Although Jason Ainsley’s side went out of the FA Cup last Saturday, they boast the only 100 per cent record in the league and have yet to concede a goal.

Shields boss Jon King names Shaun Sweeny but Johnny Weightman is unavailable.

Ashington have appointed Anthony Woodhouse, who was manager of North Shields for three years, as assistant to boss Gary Middleton. Neil Winscale was forced to stand down following his appointment as head coach of Newcastle United Academy’s Under 15s.

Woodhouse will be in the dug-out for Ashington at Guisborough Town.

Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler is happy with his side’s recent form following a disappointing start to the campaign.

James Novak (Bedlington Terriers) and Brad Brooking (Hebburn Town) are set to make their debuts at home to West Auckland Town but Chandler definitely misses Craig McFarlane and Callum Anderson.

Newcastle Benfield face a daunting task at Darlington 1883, who enjoy a clear lead at the top of the table.

It is an awful long time since Dunston UTS were second bottom at this stage of the season but they have managed only one win in seven games. Manager Billy Irwin expects Lewis Teasdale and Stephen Goddard to play at Penrith.

Chester-le-Street name Michael Pattison, signed from Seaham Red Star, for his first game when Jarrow Roofing visit Chester Moor Park. Michael Hepplewhite, Adam Strong and Michael Robson could also into contention.

Scott Oliver, back in charge of Birtley Town following a two-week break, host Thornaby with Scott Garrett, Ben Johnson and Matt Hornsby named. Dan Smart and Andrew Hunter, though, have joined Jarrow Roofing.

Horden CW travel to Darlington RA and captain Daryl Evans and goalkeeper Grant McIver will have fitness tests while Adam Livingstone’s chances of playing are rated very doubtful because of an ongoing ankle problem.

Seaham Red Star are hopeful that skipper Carl Thorpe will be able to play in the home fixture with Brandon United but Washington could again be under strength at home to table topping Ryhope CW. Newtowners’ boss Richie Latimer will need to check on the availability of Mark Covell, Nicky Evans, Lee Donnelly, Liam Hall, Mark Patterson and Chris Tate before finalising his line-up.