With just five games to go, the focus at both ends of the table is at Vere Road, where Barnard Castle entertain Hartlepool.

The home side are third, just eight points behind leaders Great Ayton, while Pools are desperate for points to avoid dropping into the bottom two. Last week they lost at home to Guisborough, one of the two teams below them.

Barney welcome back James Quinn after he was unavailable last Saturday. He replaces Ian Swinburn.

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Pools make two changes, with Jonathan Rickard unavailable and Joseph Stewart missing out and are replaced by Chris Harrison and Ollie Mole.

Leaders Great Ayton hold a seven-point advantage over Richmondshire and make one change at home to Darlington, with David Grainge in for Andrew Liddle.

Guisborough were delighted with their crucial relegation win at Park Drive last Saturday and will be up against title-chasing Richmondshire at Fountains Garth. They make one change, with Hayden Bowman replacing Stu Mackay for this match, which will affect the top and the bottom of the league.

Director of cricket for the Priorymen, Chris Nicholls said: “After a fantastic win last Saturday, we are really looking forward. The win sets us up for the last five games and gives us real hope that we are a strong enough team to stay in the Premier League. Hopefully, we can repeat last season’s performance against them, when we comprehensively won.”

Marton in fourth and just 18 points behind leaders Great Ayton and they host Seaton Carew. Skipper Alex Wardell names an unchanged team from last week’s wash-out at Richmondshire.

Visiting captain Paul Braithwaite said: “Marton are in-form and we travel in good heart, after the win against Norton last week. There is just one change to that winning team, with Jonny Mee coming in for Jack Bond.”

Stokesley, in fifth, are unchanged going into their home match with Middlesbrough, who are one place below. Boro have Adil Ditta and Sam Gaudie missing, so Matthew Bell and Adam Beaumont replace them.

Norton will be relegated if they do not bat first, when they entertain Marske.

The visiting Seasiders make one change, with Sam Berry coming in for Chris Lince. Skipper Lee Hodgson said: “We will be looking to finish the season strong as a team and putting in some good individual performances in these last remaining games, but will take nothing for granted against Norton.”