Silksworth CW head into tomorrow’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup tie at home to Boldon CA in confident mood (2.30pm).
The Wearsiders, given a boost by last week’s Shipowners Cup triumph against Coxhoe Athletic, have another new signing in their squad this week, with midfielder Josh Farquhar now available.
There could be a further boost for boss Andrew Stobbart, with defenders Josh Perry and Mason Burton returning from working away and injury respectively.
Assistant manager Will Crew said: “It was good to get a win under our belt last weekend in the cup game versus Coxhoe Athletic.
“We look forward to building on that performance and trying to progress in another cup competition.”
Boldon CA’s new arrival, midfielder Robert Hall, looks likely to start against his former club.
Manager Paul Mossa will have midfielders Dan Nolan and Frankie Hucks available, after both missed out because of work commitments last week.
However, he will have to do without wing-back James Pickering, who is having treatment on a foot injury and could be out for 10 weeks.
Sunderland West End entertain Redcar Athletic in the TWR Shipowners Charity Cup at Ford Quarry (2.30pm), with a semi-final place up for grabs.
Assistant manager Darren Liddle said: “We are struggling with a few injuries, including the loss of Nathan Cummings, who broke his leg in Wednesday night’s match.
“Reece Thompson will be available again, alongside Anthony Ross, who will be back after a hamstring injury. Hopefully we’ll get back on top after a few poor results lately.”
Redcar are likely to make a number of changes to the side which lost 2-1 against Hartlepool last Saturday.
David Abel, Lance Skelton and Sam Webster all missed that game, while the likes of Michael Woodhouse, Chris Bivens and Daniel Drazdauskas were rested on the bench.
Goalkeeper Jordan Lowrie returned to action last week after recovering from his broken hand, but 16-year-old deputy Dan Simpkin may still travel as cover.
Hartlepool host Leam Rangers in the first round, with skipper Matty Gardner, Lee Jones and Ashley Clark all expected to return. However, Luke Naylor looks like missing out after receiving a bad gash to his leg.
Leam have Anthony Brewis and Christopher Lowther suspended. Ewan Vasey, Ben Miller and Shaun Bell should return following injury.
There is a league match tonight, with Harton & Westoe CW hosting South Shields Reserves.
Harton skipper Jason Pressling is missing with a knee injury and fellow defender Michael Stewart is away.
Midfield trio of Neil Robb, Nick Pain and Jean-Pierre Parracho are all missing, but new signing Andy Hill is available.
Defender Jack Fawcett, midfielders Cory and Jordan Fenwick and strikers Shaun Steavens and Takadzwa Mawoko are also back.
Shields’ Reserves, beaten by Coxhoe Athletic in midweek, have a full squad to choose from.
Hebburn Town Reserves manager Kevin Bolam has a near full-strength squad for the visit to Wolviston tomorrow.
He said: “Ryan Bolam and James Wilson are out with injuries and Jamie Lawson will be unavailable due to work commitments.
“This weekend will be a tough game, as Wolviston have started the season well and they always offer a challenging game.”
Wolviston manager Steve Cook said: “I am quite concerned at the number of goals we are conceding lately, so to lose two in-form defenders will be a big challenge for us, as we face possible champions elect Hebburn Town Reserves.”
Nathan Bonar is out for several weeks, after pulling a hamstring last Saturday, while full-back Jake Marron is still suspended. Strikers Tony Johnson and Ryan Hebb return.
Coxhoe Athletic have a full squad to choose from at fifth-top Annfield Plain.
Boss Paul Cooper said: “Everybody’s free and available for selection. We have 18 or 19 players to choose from, with no injuries in the team, which makes a pleasant change.
“We want to back up the win at South Shields Reserves in midweek. We have three or four new players, who will hopefully help us to pick up some much-needed points.”