MANAGER Anth Nelson will hand debuts to four players when Sunderland West End kick off the Wearside League season against Seaton Carew at Ford Quarry tomorrow.
He said: “We are looking to improve on last season’s ninth top finish and I’ve strengthened the squad bringing in goalkeeper Johnny Williams, Paul Muirs, Luke Bell and Darren Snowball.
“We had a hard pre-season, but feel we are in a position to push on although five players miss tomorrow’s opener.”
Behind the scenes, Gary Gettings and David Young share the Chairmanship and Barry Cook has come in to assist Michael Bussey with coaching.
Seaton Carew have also made a number of signings including Neil Fannan, Mark Bell (Billingham Town) Shannon Davis, Andy Ross, Ashley Turnbull, Anthony Davies (Hartlepool FC), but goalkeeper Gary Fleetham is taking a break from the game and Ben Wignall is going to New York on a three year football scholarship.
Stockton Town, aiming for a third consecutive championship, have appointed Micahel Dunwell as manager in place of Steve Gill.
The Teessiders host Prudhoe Town minus last season’s leading scorer Kallum Hannah and Andy Westwood who are banned. Also out are James Ward and Tom Coulthard who are playing cricket.
Prudhoe Town also have a new man at the helm with Mattie Thompson taking over. Only five of last season’s squad remain and Andrew Clarkson, Kevin Moreland, Lee Blackburn, Stephen Forster and Lee Best are expected to figure at Stockton.
Coxhoe Athletic line up at Whitehaven who were compulsory relegated from the Ebac Northern League at the end of last season because their facilities did not meet the criteria.
The South Durham side are severely depleted with David Atkinson, Ross Hunter, Gavin Brown, Robert Thompson, Neil Charlton, Jonathon Hornsby, Gareth Hamblin, James Leeds, Dan Lloyd and Mark Watson all ruled out.
Whitehaven have retained much of last season’s squad although Matt Tymon and Jake Smith have moved to Workington.
Boldon CA boss Jason Ainsley has signed defenders Anthem Crighton and Scott Drew, midfielders James Chapman, Lee Bell and Nathan Bell together with strikers Jonathon Matthews and Anton Crann.
Shaun Carroll is the new captain and former skipper Phil Turnbull has moved up to become assistant to Jones. Boldon kick off at home to Jarrow in the South Tyneside derby.
Annfield Plain, who entertain Harton and Westoe, have brought in Rob Lavery, Ryan Arnott, Dan Nichol and Ben Clark. Unlike most sides, manager Keith Sheardown is able to name an almost full strength squad.
Although tomorrow is only the opening day of season, a cup-tie has been arranged and Gateshead Leam Rangers will hope to make home advantage count against Wolviston in the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.
The visitors will name Carl Barry, Craig Winter and Callum Roulston for their debuts but neither Micky Lee nor Daryl Tomlinson can play.