EAST Durham neighbours Easington Colliery and Peterlee Town aim to kick start their season when they play in the Sunderland Shipowner’s Cup tomorrow.
Both sides have lost all three Wearside League games and each have conceded double figures.
Easington travel into Cumbria for their tie with Cleator Moor Celtic and hope that the inclusion of John Bowes, Robbie Renwick and Johnnie Monaghan will boost their chances.
Peterlee Town make the much shorter journey up the A19 to Boldon CA and Craig Parkinson believes that a lack of pre-season friendlies has had its effect.
“We haven’t had the start we had in mind but we were much better on Wednesday night even though we lost by the only goal to Willington, who have racked up three consecutive victories.
“Let’s hope we can maintain the improvement at Boldon CA where we will be much stronger with the inclusion of Anth Hazard, Darren Pope, Liam Dunn, Anth Rogerson and Anth Rathbone.” said Parkinson.
The Newtowners are hoping that Andrew Place will pass a fitness test. He scored 60 times for Farringdon Dolphins last season but has yet to play for his new team after injuring his calf in a pre-season training session.
Boldon, with two wins and a draw from their opening three games welcome back Michael Meek and Adam Sharp but neither David Hopper nor Shaun Carroll can turn out.
Ashbrooke Belford House aim to make home advantage count against Annfield Plain but manager Tommy Dobbing misses Lewis Hutchinson, Paul Robertson and Jake Moan.
Mark Green is available and Dobbing is hoping to make a signing before kick off. The Plain are stronger with the inclusion of Andrew Wilkinson and Craig Cowell.
Sunderland West End will probably make just one alteration to their line up at home to Kirkbymoorside. Jonathan Greener is expected to be added to the squad.
The Yorkshiremen name fit again Jonny Brown but Johnny Birbeck will need a late check on his fitness.
Coxhoe Athletic, who have taken four points from their last two fixtures, are surprisingly injury free given that they have played three games in five days. Dan Petts is added to their line up for the visit of hi-flying Harton and Westoe.
The newcomers have won all three games but travel without the suspended David Graham and the injured Shaun Edwards.
Gateshead Leam Rangers are at the seaside for their tie with Seaton Carew.
The Tynesiders have a long injury list with Chris Lawther, Terry Boyes, Adam Carr, Dave Ridley and John Hope all sidelined.
Stockton Town, with three wins out of three, will be looking to progress at the expense of Hartlepool. Kallum Tanner will be involved for the first time since being injured in February and Ian Bishop will also play but Stockton await news of the fitness of Sean Kell.
Only three games are scheduled in the League. Jarrow, one of four teams to boast a 100 per cent record, are at Darlington Cleveland Bridge missing Chris McDonald, Lee Brand, Liam Bayles, Ross Coward, Chris Goss, Stephen Stephenson and Kyle Pendergood.
The Bridge name Brendan Lally and Martyn Stubbs but John Clegg and Neville Fuller are injured.
Silksworth Rangers have Jimmy Bottomly on loan from Ryhope CW and he will play at Willington who will attempt to make it four wins on the bounce. John Richardson and Graeme Lazenby resume for the South West Durham side.