Wolviston assistant manager Craig Watson is forced to change a winning side when Washington Nissan UK visit Metcalfe Park this afternoon.

Captain Gareth Murphy commences a lengthy ban and Simon Colligan has returned to Unibond League premier division club Gateshead.

There is some good news, though, in that defender Matthew Martin has recovered from an injury which has sidelined him for three months.

Ian Perry and Paul Edwards both resume as Wolviston aim to secure a third successive victory.

Ryhope CW will be hoping to maintain their goalscoring form which has netted them nine in the last two matches.

They line up against Darlington RA at Brinkburn Road definitely without striker Stephen Rochester and another, Alan Surtees, is doubtful.

Darlington RA boss Dave Woodcock will need to make several alterations to his line-up. Paul Freary and Martin Brown are injured and Michael Carter is also unavailable. Two newcomers are Warren Burn who has played in the Albany Northern League and Nigel Bolton, signed from Shildon.

Last season's runners-up Birtley Town have two wins and two draws to their credit and manager Dave Smith is looking for an improvement at the expense of Boldon CA.

Last Saturday, Birtley came back from a three goal deficit to share the points and on Wednesday night again conceded a couple of early goals, but once more took a point from their game at Jarrow. Smith could well make changes this afternoon.

Jarrow are unbeaten following six games and against Whitehaven at Perth Green will have a near full strength pool of players to select from. Their only absentees are Andrew Barclay and Phil Dolphin who have been unable to play so far.

Annfield Plain are unable to call upon Philip Raisbeck for their home encounter with Cleadon SC, but secretary Marshall Lawson is hopeful of Ben Thompson turning out.

l Coxhoe Athletic, who have a free day, are mourning the death at the age of 53 of Jon Purves, secretary for more than 20 years.