AFTER conceding five goals at the weekend and slipping to eighth from bottom in Ebac Northern League First Division, Sunderland RCA need to bounce back against basement side South Shields at Filtrona Park tonight.
Victory would lift the Wearsiders to almost halfway but the Mariners are also desperate for a win since they are stranded, six points outside the safety zone.
RCA Manager Neil Hixon hopes to be able to call upon recent signings Neal Bussey (Birtley Town) and Paul Buzzeo, transferred from Shildon.
Whitley Bay start favourites to complete a quick double over Norton and Stockton Ancients whom they defeated 3-1 on Saturday.
Following an indifferent start to the season, the Seahorses have hit form and are up to fifth, confident they can reach third place by defeating the Teessiders in tonight’s return fixture at Hillheads.
Bishop Auckland are buoyant going into their game at Consett after putting five goals past RCA at the weekend.
Shildon are another side on the up and they reached the last 32 of the FA Carlsberg Vase when they defeated Parkgate on Saturday.
At Billingham Town, third from bottom, could again find it difficult when Shildon are visitors to Bedford Terrace.
In division two, Seaham Red Star will aim to close in on second top Crook Town when they visit mid-table Whickham.
The Star are six points adrift of Crook and eight behind leaders Ryhope CW.