CHESTER-LE-STREET manager Colin Wake will hand debuts to a couple of players in tonight’s Second Division game against promotion hopefuls Ryhope CW.
David Short will line up against his former club – although he hasn’t kicked a ball all season. He was with the Cestrians last year before joining Martin Swales’ squad and he has also played a number of games for Gateshead Reserves.
Thomas Orton is another player making his comeback from a broken leg suffered whilst playing for Horden CW last season.
“I’m pleased to have signed the two lads who are definitely in my plans for tonight as are Michael Robson and Ryan Drummond who return to the squad,” said Wake.
The Cestrians, though, miss Matthew Crookes, Ian Davison, Anthony Burnell and Craig Mickle, who are all injured.
Ryhope CW, who are just nine points behind leaders Crook Town with four games in hand and a significantly better goals difference, have club captain Phil Hall suspended.
Boss Martin Swales will need to assess the fitness of Greg Swansbury, Michael Charlton, Lee McMahon, James Dunn and Lenny French before finalising his squad.
Horden CW prop up the table and are effectively four points from safety going into their fixture at Crook Town. Although the Colliers anticipate fielding their strongest line-up, Crook start firm favourites to at least maintain a nine-point lead at the top.
Esh Winning are second from the basement and they too face a formidable task at Darlington RA who are chasing one of the three promotion places.
Washington, comfortably placed in the middle of the table, host Alnwick Town who have moved off the bottom with some encouraging results in recent weeks. The Newtowners though are in good form and manager Richie Latimer will be confident his side can claim all three points.
In Division One, Durham City manager Adam Furness is anxious for his team to bounce back from the four-goal defeat they suffered on Monday night when they visit Newton Aycliffe. Furness has injury concerns for Matthew Scott, Ian Ward and Max Stoker but expects Steve Jones to be back.