Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood is looking for a massive reaction in tomorrow’s First Division game against Ashington at Seaham Town Park.
Following four defeats on the bounce, including a seven-goal rout by Marske United on Tuesday night, Collingwood said: “We’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get on with it.
“Lads have been asking why they’ve not been picked – they need to show me what they can do, but I do envisage changes tomorrow with Daryl Donnelly and Chris Scott available.”
Ashington miss James Harmison, James Taylor, Scott Blandford and Kyle Oliver. In addition, manager Stephen Harmison awaits news on the availability of Mechack Kanda, Michael Bell, Dylan Williamson, Kyle Downey and Josh Gray.
Sunderland RCA, with eight points from as many games, have home advantage against Penrith, who’ve made an encouraging start to the season and beat Jarrow Roofing 3-1 in midweek.
Meadow Park manager Martin Swales is expected to hand a debut to Kevin Gordon, signed from Seaham Red Star, while Michael Charlton and Jordan Harkess also come into contention.
Colin Larkin and Clayton Davis will need fitness tests and RCA are definitely missing Liam Hatch, Tony Coe and Joe Hughes.
Durham City, who have lost half of their eight games so far, visit lowly Bedlington Terriers, who will be without German goalkeeper Fabian Otte. He has returned to Evo-Stik League neighbours Blyth Spartans.
Terriers manager Andy Ferrell will be out for a further three weeks with cracked ribs, but Lance McGlen and his cousin Callum are expected to be available.
Leaders Shildon will look to get back to winning ways when they welcome bottom club West Auckland to Dean Street, while North Shields head to Marske United.
Second-top Morpeth Town host West Allotment Celtic unable to name Stephen Forster, Michael Hall or Dan Taggart, but Shaun Bell and Chris Jewels come into the plans of manager Nick Gray.
Chris Youlden is playing cricket and is absent from the Newcastle Benfield side against Bishop Auckland, but manager Steve Bowey, who has been struggling with a groin injury, is back in the frame.
Co-manager Paul Bayles quit Bishops in midweek, but Steve Riley is staying on as boss on his own.
The Two Blues, in a statement, thanked Bayles for his two years at the club and added: “We trust the supporters will also get behind him and the team in the months ahead, to ensure we improve on our current form and push our way up the Northern League table.”
Bishops have picked up just six points from seven games, sitting just one point clear of the drop zone.
In Division Two, Chester-le-Street, with just one defeat in nine games, go to Ryton and Crawcrook Albion’s Kingsley Park, which has not been a happy hunting ground for them in recent seasons.
Kevin Dixon is another player completing the summer game and Chester manager Colin Wake also goes without Kevin Duggan, Aidan Ames and Chris Stephenson.
Ryhope CW include Lee Chapman, their new signing from Shildon, in their squad at Tow Law Town, but Martin Metcalfe, Steven Francis, Matty Weirs and goalkeeper Chris Rookes are all on the injured list.
Easington Colliery boss Paul Frame could name an unchanged starting line-up for the third game in a row, at home to Hebburn Town.
The Colliers have signed Liam Hodgson from West Auckland, but he is unavailable tomorrow.
Birtley Town visit Alnwick Town, while their midweek conquerors, Crook Town, host Northallerton at the Millfield ground. Willington head to Darlington RA, while Esh Winning entertain team Northumbria.
South Shields will hand a debut to former Sunderland star Julio Arca when they welcome bottom club Stokesley SC to Mariners Park.