Peterlee chairman Bobby Huntingdon has admitted the future of the club is in the balance.

The club is facing a huge crisis - without finance, a manager, players and helpers.

And Huntingdon says that he can only fulfil his obligations for a further four weeks and, if nobody comes forward, then the club could close.

"If nobody comes forward to take over the club, then I don't know what will happen.

"I've had a couple of calls from people interested in the manager's job and another couple who want to help, but I've had no calls at all from the local business community. I want the people in this area to wake up.

"I can plod on for a few more weeks, but I'm reluctant to keep going after that for my own personal reasons. The future looks bleak unless something happens."

Huntingdon has asked for as many players to turn up as possible today, whether injured or not, before he picks the team to face Ashington, who are hoping to sign striker Paul Hogg from Dunston.

League leaders Newcastle Benfield Saints are at Consett and will give Alu Bangura a fitness test. They include new signing Stephen Richardson from Whitley Bay.

Consett, who have lost once in their last five matches, welcome back five players, but are missing Alan Hood and Jeff Sugden.

The game of the day is between second placed Durham and Dunston, three places below them.

Durham are without full back Jamie Howe, while they will give fitness tests to defender Paul Stephenson, midfielder Mark Patterson and striker Glenn Robson.

Dunston have a doubt over keeper Stuart Dawson, so Tom Phillips stands by.

West Auckland are hoping to maintain their run of four wins when they go to Chester-le-Street.

However, manager Alan Shoulder has doubts over three players, Mattie Moffat, Andy Cole and Dale Jardine while he has put Michael Hillary, Gary Sivills and Mark Farrell on the transfer list.

Chester, who are sixth in the table, are without striker Gary Shields because of suspension, while defender Colin Wake will have a fitness test.

Shildon take on Bedlington in a rehearsal of next week's FA Vase tie. Shildon will be without skipper Danny Key and striker Garry Barnes, while defender Steve Huggins will have a fitness test. Bedlington have several players injured, including keeper Gareth Powell who has a broken thumb. Centre half Andy Bowes has left for Horden.

Billingham Synthonia go to Guisborough in a Teesside derby. Synners are without Jamie Magowan, Craig Perry and Michael Cater, while striker Lee Flanagan will have a fitness test. Guisborough have at least seven players injured, and will wait until the last minute before naming their team.

Billingham Town are at Esh Winning in a rehearsal of next week's Durham Challenge Cup tie.

Martin Kearney replaces the suspended Darren Collier in goal, while George Woodhouse and Michael Canavan are both missing.

Sixth bottom Tow Law go to bottom of the table Jarrow Roofing, who have won just once this season. Lawyers are without striker Lee Innes, while midfielder David Hunter has a fitness test.

Whitley Bay play second bottom Brandon, who could include two new players. However, centre halves Danny O'Brien and Rob Southern are both unavailable.

In the second division, West Allotment, who are second, take on Washington Nissan, one place below them. Allotment will be without defender Dan Patterson, and they include the division's top scorer, Michael Chilton, who has 14 goals this season. Nissan expect to be at full strength.

Crook will be hoping to bounce back from last week's drubbing when they play Whickham, but will be without strikers Danny Mellanby and Andrew Shaw.

Willington, with only one point and one goal to their name, are at home to Alnwick, and they include new signings Ian Robinson, Darren Watkins and Darren Hickey. Northallerton, who haven't won in three matches, are at Seaham Red Star and welcome back Stuart Jackson, Ross Diamond and Matthew Cooke.

Kennek Ryhope CA, who hope to name their new manager soon, are at home to Evenwood, and will give fitness tests to Chris Davidson and Gareth Hill. Evenwood welcome back Martin Houlahan.

Norton are at home to South Shields and welcome back defender Martin Thompson, but Dan Pilling is unavailable.

Marske, who are unbeaten in their last five matches, are at Hebburn, and will be without Shaun Howes and Andy Watts. Washington are boosted by the return of striker Tony Hanson for their trip to Newcastle Blue Star, while North Shields are at Easington.