IN the First Division of the EBAC Northern League, Bishop Auckland are looking for a boost when they go to Penrith tomorrow.

Bishops have been badly hit by injuries over the last few weeks, but manager Andy Toman is hoping that with some of the injured players returning, their form will improve.

Toman said: “Gradually, our injury crisis is getting better. We now have only six first-team players unavailable. This is much better than previous weeks, and we need to pick up points now that some of the players are coming back. Another week should see us with all players available.”

Bishops have already won once on their travels this season, at Guisborough on the opening day. Penrith are currently 13th in the table.

Newton Aycliffe, who have dropped to sixth in the league because of recent defeats against Seaham Red Star and Crook, are at Guisborough, who are two places below them.

Assistant head coach Mark Wood said: “This is a hugely tough game. Their manager, Steven Bell, always has his teams hard to beat.”

Midfielder Marc Costello is missing because of injury.

Crook Town, who are in tenth thanks to their midweek win at Newton Aycliffe, are at Whitley Bay.

Manager Jamie Tunstall said: “The tough games just keep coming in this league, Whitley Bay have started well and their manager will have them well organised. It’s one we’ll have to be right at the top of our game for. We had an excellent result this week and one the boys can take lots of confidence from.

“This league has a habit of bringing you back down to earth though so we’ll have to ensure we’re ready for a very difficult challenge.”

Dane Eltringham returns after a concussion precaution, as does Joe Hillerby after injury. Tom Gavin, Lee Hume and Seth Hartley are all missing.

Northallerton are at home to Sunderland Ryhope CW, who have won their last four matches.

In the Second Division, Tow Law can climb several places if they beat Easington and other results go in their favour.

Durham City, without a win so far this season, are at third placed Billingham Synthonia.

Willington are at home to Brandon in their local derby.