Bishop Auckland manager Brian Honour wants his players to kick the losing habit when they go to Lincoln United in the FA Trophy today.

Bishops have already played Lincoln twice in the league this season and drawn twice, and Honour said: "The players must get out of the losing habit as soon as possible. Heads mustn't drop when things start going against us on the field.

"I'm not expecting miracles, but I think we can improve."

Keeper Keith Finch will probably return after injury, while Honour has also released midfielder Brian Nelson and striker Kevin Shoulder.

Spennymoor are hoping to maintain their unbeaten record in the First Division when they go to Kidsgrove today.

Moors, voted 'the team of the month' for September, are unbeaten in their five league games so far. Leading scorer Andy Shaw returns after missing the last two matches, but striker Danny Brunskill and midfielder Michael Robson are both struggling with injuries.

In the Premier Division, Whitby are at home to Marine, and will be without Alan Wilford and Alex Gildea because of injury.

* Following their excellent victory at Ryton in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday, Wolviston aim for their first win in three Wearside League games against Ferryhill Athletic at Metcalfe Park.

Two consecutive defeats has cost them the leadership and manager Graham Howard has strengthened the squad with the signing of central defender Darren Paul.

Returning are midfielders Ian Perry and Paul Roberts, but a doubt exists over the fitness of John Patterson and Paul Edwards is suspended.

Last year's captain Paul Dodkins makes his seasonal debut for Redcar Town at home to Stokesley SC and former Middlesbrough player Paul Fleery is added to the squad.

Tony Peacock is expected to take his place in the attack but key defender Paul Parks is nursing an injury to his knee picked up in Wednesday's friendly game.

Stokesley SC hope to be back to full strength. Neil Southall resumes but Paul Aldridge will have a late fitness test on a pulled muscle.

North Shields will be out to avenge last week's 3-0 defeat by New Marske when the sides meet again. The Robins, with Wilf Keilty and Rob Marshall in charge following the resignation of Eddie Freeman and Ken Charlton, expect Anthony Robson to play.

Adam Clementson, signed from Durham City, will make his home debut in goal and also included are Barry Gibson and Chris Birkbeck.

Harton and Westoe travel to Whitehaven unable to include keeper Carl King who is working and Keith Mason is doubtful.

A number of teams are involved in the Durham Challenge Cup and there are two all-league ties.

Ryhope CW host Jarrow and hope to line up goalkeeper Stephen Udale providing he returns from holiday in time.

Bottom-of-the-table Jarrow gave a much improved performance last weekend and name newcomer Jordan Sharpe at the heart of their defence, but David Hutchinson and Paul Gallant are banned.

Barnard Castle Glaxo face a daunting task at home to Birtley Town, who scored 15 times last weekend. The visitors include Derek Ord and Stephen Harrison but both Anthony Lynch and Trevor Hawthorne are sidelined.

Annfield Plain have Albany Northern League side Murton as visitors and name Kevin Lister, who has been injured since the second game of the season.

Boldon CA meet Kennek Ryhope with Wayne Brown and Mark Urwin free from work commitments, but doubts surround Gordon Williams, Mark English and Andrew Whalley.

Tow Law are attractive visitors to Cleadon SC and the home side will miss Danny Nixon with a broken toe.