Peterlee chairman Bobby Huntingdon has warned the club is in the middle of one of the biggest crises in their history.

Peterlee go to Billingham Synthonia this morning without a manager, with finance running out, and a lack of people behind the scenes to keep the club going.

Andy Toman vacated the manager's seat a fortnight ago, and his replacement, Brian Maitland, changed his mind after Wednesday's 5-0 home defeat by Brandon.

Huntingdon will manage the side with senior player Paul Hinton this afternoon and said: "The club is struggling financially.

"We need a sponsor to come forward. A big company in Peterlee gave us a major amount last season, but has now said that it will back us only if other companies and the community also come forward and support us.

"I want every single player to rally around today and be at today's game, whether he is injured or not, and I want all the people who have been on the committee in recent months to be there today as well.

"A handful of people can't do all the work. The club is in a crisis, make no mistake about it."

Synners, meanwhile, are without keeper John Mohun, so Dale Roberts deputises, while midfielder Stephen Cater is doubtful.

Bedlington are still badly hit by injuries for their home game with Guisborough, and will give several players fitness tests.

Guisborough themselves are without seven players, while they have signed their ex-striker Chris Dunwell from Bishop Auckland.

Dunston, unbeaten in the league, are at home to Consett who came back from three goals down to draw in midweek at Durham. Dunston could recall several players who missed the midweek Cup defeat at Cammell Laird.

West Auckland, who have scored nine goals in their last two games, are at home to Morpeth, and will give fitness tests to striker Andy Cole and midfielder Dion Raitt. Striker Dale Jardine will return to the squad.

Brandon, who lifted themselves out of the relegation zone in midweek, are at home to Esh Winning, who haven't lost in the league since August. Steve Flockett and Rob Southern both return to the squad. Manager Vince Kirkup has also signed striker Craig Coates from South Shields. Esh have doubts over striker Gary Messer and defender Phil Coxall, while Chris Morrell is added.

The top game in the second division is between Crook, who have won their first six league matches, and leaders Prudhoe.

Crook include midfielder Brian Atkinson, but striker John Shotton will have a fitness test, while another striker, Andrew Shaw, is injured.

Willington, bottom of the table, are looking for their first win away to Marske United, who are at full strength except for Andy Watts.

Evenwood, at home to Hebburn, will be at full strength except for the suspended Martin Houlahan.

Second in the table West Allotment could be unchanged for their away trip to South Shields, who won for the first time in midweek.

Washington are hoping that keeper Simon Hall and outfield players Craig Watson and Gary McCartney can return for their game with Seaham Red Star.

Washington Nissan welcome back striker David Tait at home to Newcastle Blue Star, who include new signings Steve Locker and David McMahon.

North Shields are still looking for their first win in the league at Northallerton, and they will be without five players, but new signing Dave Borley is included in the squad, as well as Aaron Scott.

Northallerton miss Ross Diamond, David Onions and Stuart Jackson because of suspension, but striker John Outhwaite and midfielder Simon Corigan return.

Kennek Ryhope CA are badly hit for their away game at Penrith, with eight players missing for various reasons.

Tow Law are at Harton and Westoe in the Durham Challenge Cup.