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Local football: Halliday back for RCA's cup opener

It's FA Cup day tomorrow when teams will be hoping for a good run – for the excitement and the financial rewards.

Sunderland RCA, who have made a splendid start to the season, host Ryton at Meadow Park and manager Neil Hixon reports that Stephen Halliday, who has returned from holiday, is in contention. Steve Jones and Wayne Henderson, are ruled out.

Horden CW boss Simon Corbett – whose men host Tow Law – was very unhappy at his team's midweek performance against Norton and made his feelings known to the players.

He said: "It was one of the worst displays I have seen. Neither the attitude nor commitment was good and I'll have a good look at who is available, but I'm anticipating making alterations for it will be a difficult tie with Tow Law."

Definitely missing is goalkeeper James Winter, who had to be substituted during Tuesday's match. Craig Shields will take over and Corbett awaits news on the fitness of Chris I'Anson, Steve Thomas and Paul Atkinson.

Seaham Red Star, with a win and defeat in their opening two games, entertain Morpeth Town. Manager Andy Toman delays naming his squad but opposite number Jon King has injury concerns.

Carl Thorpe and Carl Heineker are definitely out, while Steve Warrick, Dan Kirkup, Jamie McLean and Derek Atwell will all need fitness checks.

Jarrow Roofing, aiming to challenge for promotion from Division Two, have an attractive match at home to Armthorpe Welfare.

Consett, First Division runners-up last time, have surprisingly lost the three competitive matches this term.

Manager Kenny Lindoe made a number of summer signings, including David Duke from Durham City, Kevin Davison (Jarow Roofing), Paul Collins (Sunderland Nissan) and Daniel Staples, whose last club was Wrexham.

In addition, Craig Tait and Nathan Fisher are added to the squad for the visit of Billingham Town tomorrow.

FA Carlsberg Vase winners Whitley Bay host Dunston UTS, but goalkeeper Terry Burke will be out for several weeks with a broken cheekbone sustained playing Sunday football.

Youngster Tom Kindley is expected to deputise, but also out are captain James Coulson and Mark Taylor. Fortunately, Lee Kerr and Damon Robson can turn out.

Spennymoor host Ashington, while Brandon United go to West Auckland and Esh Winning head south for a long trip to the seaside at Bridlington Town.

Chester-le-Street's tie away to Whickham will be played at Dunston's ground on Sunday.

Whickham's Glebe headquarters is not available tomorrow and the FA have ruled that the match should go ahead 24 hours later at Dunston.