RYHOPE CW will aim to wrap up the Wearside League Championship this week.
Going into tonight’s home clash against Cleator Moor Celtic, the Wearsiders need only four points from their last three games to start celebrating.
A win over the Cumbrians would leave them needing only a draw against Kirkbymoorside on Saturday.
The Wearsiders though miss a quartet of players tonight with Dean Arkley, Clayton Davis, Paul Taylor and Chris Trewick all side-lined.
Although Ross Stead returns, manager Martin Swales will need to assess the fitness of Liam Cox, Grant Bulmer and James Dunn before finalising his line-up.
Redcar Athletic are the only side in a position to overtake Ryhope. They have only two games to play starting at Stockton Town who have won the last three fixtures between the sides.
Shaun Taylor and Luke Woodhall resume for Redcar, who admit their chances of clinching the title are all but ended.
There is a local derby at Silksworth between Ashbrooke Belford House and Silksworth Rangers, who will end second from bottom during their first season in the league.
Rangers go without leading scorer Anton Crann, Michael Renshaw and Dylan Holden, but John McClean is named after returning from his wedding in South Africa.
Ashbrooke boss Tommy Dobbing is anxious for his side to finish outside the bottom six.
Lewis Hutchinson, Jake Moan and Paul Robertson are definite absentees and Kenny Taylor is doubtful.
Mark Green comes into contention and Dobbing may hand a late season debut to Sanver Randhawa.
Peterlee Town complete the season at Sunderland West End, where they will be looking for a seventh consecutive victory.
Although Anth Rathbone and captain Ian Redman are working, Ash Davis is included in a strong 18-man squad.
Craig Parkinson and manager Paul Frame are already planning to challenge for a top six spot next season.
Willington sign off at Wolviston with John Richarsdson, Michael Yorke and Adam Blenkinsop all doubtful, while the home side have Adam Iveson, Karl Boult, Nick Robinson and Daryl Tomlinson on the injured list.
Gateshead Leam Rangers also complete the campaign and will hope to end a long run of defeats when they tackle Annfield Plain. The Tynesider’s only doubt is Mark Rumbles with a knee injury.