Bishop Auckland can forget about their league position when they go to Woodley Sports in the quarter-finals of the UniBond League Chairman's Cup today.

Not many clubs place much importance on the competition for the losers in the early rounds of the League Cup, but Bishops will be hoping their newly-discovered form continues.

Bishops drew 0-0 at Shepshed last Saturday and on Wednesday night produced their best performance of the season to beat Bridlington, but they're still well adrift at the bottom of the table.

Blyth are also in the chairman's cup, at home to Ossett Albion, while Whitby, who are at Farsley Celtic in the league cup quarter-final, include new signing Lev Yalczin, who has moved from York City, while defender David McTiernan is injured.

Gateshead are in league action at Prescot Cables.

It's top versus third in the Wearside League when Cleadon SC meet Stokesley SC in the match of the day this afternoon.

The South Tynesiders lead the visitors by four points and have two games in hand but Stokesley have hit form in recent weeks, culminating in a 3-0 victory over Gateshead Low Fell on Wednesday.

Cleadon manager Doug Key names his strongest line-up and Ross Foreman is in the Stokesley side after making a scoring debut in midweek.

Birtley Town boss Dave Smith has Paul Bryson returning at New Marske but Andy Innes, Tony Coe and Tony Thirkell are all out.

New Marske are hoping Lee Goldsmith will come through a fitness test and make his debut. Craig Gibbon is also doubtful through injury but a bonus is the return of Lee Magor.

Wolviston have signed Andy Smith and he will take over in goal from the injured Nicky Farrell at home to Willington. Darren Paul has re-joined the club and comes into the reckoning alongside Paul Roberts and Jimmy Greening but Chris Allen is a non-starter.

Willington manager Mark Fanning has no selection problems.

Jarrow host Teesside Athletic strengthened by the inclusion of Mark Rumbles, Chris Liddle and Paul Knight.