The managerial merry-go-round has been in full swing this week, with three new appointments in as many days.
First up was Silksworth CW’s decision to put Sean Butler in charge and he’s delighted to be back in the fray.
He said: “After taking a step back from football, I wanted to be involved again.
“I had a few offers but waited for the right opportunity to come along and was pleased that chairman Phil Tye offered me the job.”
Jamie Owens and Stephen Harrison will assist Butler and Michael McVay, who was interim manager following the departure of Scott Cameron, stays on as club captain.
Tye added: “This is a new managerial concept for Silksworth and I look forward to a good relationship with the three boys. Our first target is to finish in the top half of the table.”
Butler, who saw Silksworth pip Hartlepool 4-3 in midweek, has Nick Jacob and Wednesday matchwinner Mark Robinson available and there’s a good chance that Andrew Donnelly will be clear of injury to be included in the squad for tomorrow’s testing home clash with Redcar Athletic.
Redcar, challenging for pole position, are uncertain whether Chris Bivens will be available, but they have plenty defensive cover in Lee Blackburn, Joe Ferguson, Robbie Farrier, Liam Wood, Joe Bennett and Sam Webster who could all deputise.
Keith Brown, meanwhile, left his post with Horden CW earlier in the week and chairman Norman Stephens moved quickly, bringing in Martin Mulcaster whose father Peter has had wide managerial experience with several clubs.
Peter and Darren Atkinson will be part of the back room staff and Robert Ferguson is the new assistant manager.
The Colliers, fresh from a 3-1 midweek win over Murton, travel to Annfield Plain and Mulcaster delays selecting his side until nearer kick-off.
Annfield bring in Alex Dobinson, Michael Bell, Dan Cumpson and Lewis Holland.
The third new appointment is at Murton, who now have Brian Maxwell and his number two John Davison at the helm.
They have the daunting task of resurrecting their new team’s fortunes. Only one point has been yielded from 13 games and another difficult task comes with the visit of Spennymoor Town Reserves.
A boost, though, is the availability of Stephen Turner, Aidan Vout, Josh Broom, Lee Doyle, David Sewell, Shaun Godfrey and Ryan Martin.
Maxwell, however, is awaiting news on whether Dean McGill, Lewis Wessel and Joe Taboun can play.
Ashbrooke Belford House travel to Wolviston and once again are forced into making changes.
Adam Hopps, Shaun Petch and David Scott are ruled out, but, fortunately, Iain Potts, Marc Eggleston, Nathan Burrell, Callum Charlton and Josh Farquhar are able to play.
Boldon CA manager Paul Mossa received some good news this week when Aaron Burn and Adam Sharp both declared they are fit to stake a place in the side at Cleator Moor Celtic.
The only doubt surrounds goalkeeper James Lone, who is being troubled with an injured toe.
Seaham Red Star Reserves, in second-bottom spot, are at Leam Rangers, who have Leon Kane serving the second of a three-match ban. Goalkeeper Lee Rogers, who was man-of-the-match last week, is in line to make his home debut.
Hartlepool, who host Whitehaven, are confident that keeper Callum Hudson will be passed fit and Ashley Clark, Jake Larkin, Luke Gate, Carl O’Sullivan and Matty Kelsey definitely come into contention. The quintet missed last week’s fixture because of work commitments.
Kalumn Holbrook will be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks after dislocating his knee last Saturday and Richmond Town could also be minus skipper Scott Ryan at home to Prudhoe Town, who welcome back Kevin Moreland.
High-flying Sunderland West End meet Harton and Westoe CW on South Tyneside in the Shipowners’ Cup.
Lee Smith has completed a ban and David Keithley is looking to start up front for West End, whose midweek game was called off. Harton are expected to be without defenders Neil Crammon and Phil Turner, who are struggling with injuries.
Stockton Town, looking to replicate last season’s form when they won the championship and the three domestic cups, will be hoping to make progress at the expense of Jarrow.
Goalkeeper Michael Arthur will be out until after Christmas and 18-year-old Liam Jordan will be given an extended run. Jarrow go without Kris Allen and Mark Williams, while Jonathan Hall will need his fitness assessed before kick-off.