IN THE skilltrainingltd Northern League, leaders Consett are at home to Spennymoor.

However, they are hit by injuries to defender David Johnson, midfielder David Pounder and striker Steve Johnson, while Jonjo Dickman and Craig Robson need fitness tests.

Midfielder Chris Scott has turned down an approach from Blue Star.

Moors have transferred keeper Keith Finch and top scorer Jamie Clarke to ease their financial problems.

Sunderland Nissan include new striker Tyson Masters from Horden at home to Billingham Town. Town, who haven’t won in seven, are boosted by the return of Andy Burton.

Dunston are at home to Bedlington while Shildon, unbeaten in 15, give a home debut to Finch at home to Chester-le-Street. Chester have an injury doubt over midfielder Damien Maw, while they are hoping to include a new defender.

Northallerton, third bottom, hope defender Jason Newall returns at home to Tow Law, who have several players missing through injury, plus striker Lee Hamilton is banned.

West Allotment are at home to second bottom Seaham Red Star and are boosted by the return of top scorer Keith Douglas and Tom Vickers.

Seaham are missing Josh Moody, who is playing for Darlington’s youth team.

Billingham Synthonia face Ashington at Central Avenue, and they have doubts over David Abel, Adam Clough and Mark Casey.

Fifth-bottom West Auckland are badly hit by injuries for their game at Newcastle Benfield. Striker Garry Barnes is added to the injury list, which also has six other players on it.

In the second division, third bottom Darlington RA, who have lost their last five matches, are at home to Whickham, and are missing Max Ripley and Danny Shoulder, but Neil Tarrant returns.

Leaders Esh Winning are at North Shields and will be without Sean Gregory.

Second-placed Norton are at Stokesley, and keeper James Briggs returns after suspension, while Daniel O’Brien comes in for the unavailable David Alderson.

Stokesley welcome back defender Paul Callan, but striker Stuart Wise is missing.

Crook are at home to Brandon and manager Peter Dixon chooses from a full squad.

Brandon are hoping that striker Paul Dixon and midfielder Steve Swinyard return.

Sunderland RCA, who have games in hand on everyone above them, are at Guisborough, and are strengthened by the return of defender Sean Joseph.

Guisborough welcome back top scorer David Onions.

Horden, home to lowly Prudhoe, are without injured Stephen Thomas.

Thornaby are at Team Northumbria, with striker Mo Abdullah back after suspension.