SUNDERLAND West End aim to bounce back from a first defeat of the season last week when they line-up with Jarrow at Perth Green in the Wearside League tomorrow.
“It was disappointing losing to Hartlepool but we know a win will put us back at the top of the table,” observed manager Anth Nelson.
It’s a case of two in, two out for the Wearsiders. Although regular marksman Barry Turton and David Keighley come in, Nelson goes without the injured Brad Foster and the banned Lee Smith.
Two sides in the bottom five places lock horns when Murton have home advantage against Silksworth CW.
Murton – with just one point from a possible 36 – bring in Matty Arnell and Nathan Waters but Anth Cowie will need his fitness assessed before kick-off.
Three players though are definitely out with Dean Magill, Shaun Godfrey and Josh Broom sidelined.
Silksworth hope to make an early announcement on a new managerial team following the recent departure of Scott Cameron.
“We expect to have some news very shortly but meanwhile captain Michael McVay will again be in charge,” said deputy chairman David Steele.
In his short time at the helm, McVay has brought in Rhys Brown from local football, David Stevens (Seaham Red Star Reserves) and Jay Martin (Easington Colliery).
There’s a local derby in East Durham when Seaham Red Star Reserves and Horden CW clash in the First Round of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.
Star boss Don Naylor reports that Dan Reeves has joined Easington Colliery and that he is replaced as club captain by Jamie Davis.
Neither Danny Naylor nor Callum Short are available but otherwise Seaham will field their strongest line-up.
Horden have selection problems. Injury rules out Luke Wilson, Josh Allan and Matty Smith are working while Paul Moss is suspended. Fortunately for manager Keith Brown, Aaron Coulson, Andy Lonsdale and John Bowes can play.
Ashbrooke Belford House host Leam Rangers minus injured pair Lewis Hutchinson and Dylan Holden while Callum Charlton is on his honeymoon. Joint manager Asa Dobbing reports that Lee Owens and Iain Potts resume.
Defender Leon Kane begins a four-match ban and sits out the game for Leam Rangers who have injury concerns for goalkeepers Connon Hawkins and Dale Connor.
A bigger blow is the news that defender Ben Miller could miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury
Redcar Athletic, who are at home to Richmond Town, were stunned when told by Alex Maphosa that he was leaving to live in America with immediate effect.
His departure could open up the opportunity for Keiran Stares to stake a claim for a first-team recall. Also missing are Joe Blackburn (work) and Kristian Kamara (injury).
Stockton Town are also on cup duty when they entertain Prudhoe in the Second Round of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup.