Bishop Auckland manager Ian Chandler says that he will make changes ahead of their local derby against Shildon on Saturday afternoon.

Chandler was furious with his players after their 4-1 capitulation against Billingham Town in midweek – although he was unhappy about the penalties awarded against his team – and he is determined to boost his squad ahead of the game.

“It was the worst display since I took over at Bishop Auckland which is not acceptable at all. We were shocking. New players are being looked at and will be recruited,” he said.

“Shildon have started the season very well and will no doubt prove to be a very difficult opposition.”

One player who has arrived is Jordan Fielding from Crook, while Denver Morris and Nathan Lawrence have both left the club.

Darryl Hall, Bailey Judson, James Fairley and Chris Winn will all have fitness tests.

Shildon, who scored a last gasp equaliser at Whickham in midweek, could field an unchanged side.

Newton Aycliffe, whose four-game unbeaten run came to an end with a 5-0 defeat at Stockton Town in midweek, are at Consett, and they welcome back striker Dean Thexton but defender Alan Harrison and Sam Read are both out injured.

Manager Colin Stromsoy said; “It’s a big home advantage for Consett on their $G pitch, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

West Auckland, who dropped into the bottom six in midweek, are at home to Whickham, and they are badly hit by injuries.

They have ten players missing for various reasons, and manager Gary Forrest said; “We have only ten players available at the moment, so we are trying to get two youngsters released from their junior matches. We will try and patch up one or two, but that is just prolonging the problem. It’s a tough, tough period for us, but we just have to dig in.”

Meanwhile, Northallerton have a very tough away game at league leaders Hebburn Town, although they go there confident after beating West Auckland in midweek.

Manager Darren Trotter, who chooses from a full squad, said; “Playing a top of the league team gives us a good challenge to find out where we are. We have competed well this season and this is the test we need after our first home win in midweek.

“Hebburn will be wanting to put in a good performance after going out of the FA Cup early, so let’s hope we can add to their woes.”

In the second division, Willington, who are in fourth place, are at Billingham Synthonia.

Manager Ibby Hassan said; “We’re hoping to keep our good early form going. We’re at full strength, which we absolutely need to be against a good Billingham team.

“It’s important that we bounce back from our defeat in the Vase last week, play our football and pick up more points on the road.”

Synners scored nine in their previous game in the Vase at Whitehaven.

Chester-le-Street, who are midtable, go to second bottom Durham City Chester have long term injuries to Craig Marron and Michal Graver, while Michael Hepplewhite and Jak Mitchell will both have fitness tests, but Andrew Clarkson and Aaron Reynolds both return.

Manager Colin Wake said; “Just like previous weeks, we are looking for a better performance on which to build as we have been too soft and have conceded too many poor goals in the opening weeks of the season.”

City are currently two points ahead of Easington, who have picked up only one point so far this season.

Crook, who are seventh, are at third placed Redcar Athletic, and include new signing Aaron Duell from Shildon, but they will be missing Dom Joynes and Dane Eltringham.

Manager Jamie Tunstall said; “Redcar have started the season really well and will be favourites at home, but we’ll go there and test ourselves. If we play like we can, there’s no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”

Esh Winning, who are fifth bottom, are at second top Ryton and Crawcrook.

They have several players out injured, but manager Tony Boakes hopes to sign a couple of new players. “We have picked up a little in team performances, but we need some points on board as soon as possible.”

Brandon, who are third bottom, are at Washington, and they add Lewis Martin and Lewis Charlton to their squad.

Manager Rob Bowron said; “Both teams want the points, so it’s a big game. We feel that we are building, but we need something to drop our way.”

In the other game, Tow Law are away at Heaton Stannington.

There are some big FA Cup ties involving clubs in the north east.

Stockton Town, who haven’t lost yet this season, are at Liversedge, while Thornaby are at home to Ossett United.

Marske travel to Scarborough for a North Riding derby, while Dunston, who got the last qualifying round last season, face Sunderland RCA.

Seaham Red star are at home to Witton Albion, and South Shields host Colne.