SUNDERLAND West End start favourites against Jarrow in tomorrow’s Wearside League Cup preliminary round clash at Perth Green.
The Wearsiders are in ninth position, whereas Jarrow languish at the bottom with only one win from 15 attempts.
West End manager Anth Nelson reports that David Keithley is looking to make a start after recovering from an ankle injury.
“Having David back is a massive boost as we attempt to make it into the first round proper,” enthused Nelson.
“Brad Foster and Luke Bell are playing really well at the heart of the defence and Jordan Cook will be looking to maintain his excellent form.
“He’s been our man of the match in the last three games,”
Jarrow have Darren Morton returning following a lengthy spell on the injured list and are hopeful that Andrew Barclay, Andrew Wilkinson and Daryl Turnbull will also be able to play.
Wolviston are at Annfield Plain for their preliminary round match and will hand debuts to defender Adam James and midfielder Craig Mountain.
Goalkeeper Ryan Hodgson has completed a two-match ban but work commitments prevent Dwayne Brown from playing.
In the first round, Horden CW travel to Cumbria to meet Cleator Moor Celtic.
Manager Keith Brown is forced into making changes since Martin Fowler, Ryan Brymer, Jonny Payne and Chris Tarn are all unavailable.
Fortunately, Andrew Lonsdale, Paul Moss, Ethan Payne, John Pyle and Chris Davidson can travel.
Leaders Stockton Town should progress at the expense of Seaton Carew even though the seasiders have home advantage.
Stockton, with 14 wins and a draw from 15 games, have the magnificent goal difference of 70 for and only eight against.
Captain Stephen Roberts is struggling with an ankle injury and Scott Meehan may take part at some stage as he battles back to match fitness.
Silksworth CW visit Hartlepool in the first round of the Durham Challenge Cup. Manager Scott Cameron welcomes back goalkeeper Joe Clayton, captain Michael McVay together with Neil Jones, Liam Hodgson and Rob Hall.
Pool bring in Paul Playfor and Matty Kelsey but Craig Garthwaite, Daniel Butler and Dylan Billyard are sidelined. In addition, Carl O’Sullivan faces a late fitness test on his injured calf.
Spennymoor Town Reserves line up against Stockton West End in the Durham Trophy unable to name David Atkinson, Conna Jones, Reece Kenney, Reece Brown, Peter Brown, Fynn Linklater-Johnson or David Gibson, so Josh Heslop and Lewis Hodgson have been promoted from the youth squad.
There is one game in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, Boldon CA visiting Redcar Athletic.
Captain Lance Skelton is banned, but Redcar hope that Keiran Stares will be fit and definitely name talented teenage pair Connor Smith and Adam Hartnett who represented the county at under-18 level last week.