Bishop Auckland manager Colin Myers has told his players that he will sub them without hesitation if they disobey his instructions at home to Consett in the first division .

Myers was furious with the way Bishops folded against Bedlington in midweek after they held a two goal lead, and said: “I can’t put up with players being up or down. You wouldn’t have thought that some of the same players were outstanding at Shildon a week ago. Maybe I’ve pussyfooted around too much and made allowances, but maybe I should scream mad shout at them. Fingers are going to be pointed – and if players disobey my instructions twice today, then I’ll substitute them, and I don’t care when in the game it is.”

Striker Dan Hawkins, midfielder Andy Strong and veteran defender Phil Brumwell all return, but four others are injured.

Consett, who won the first ever league game at Heritage Park last season, are without defender Jamie Poole and midfielders Jonjo Dickman and Michael Pearson. Dickman has been missing for most of the season.

West Auckland could go top of the table for the first time in many a year if they can beat Bedlington at Darlington Road, and leaders Sunderland RCA, who are a single point ahead of them, are beaten at Whitley Bay. Manager Peter Dixon, who watched Bedlington at Bishop Auckland in midweek, will have a full strength squad to choose from, except for injured strikers Dan Hindmarch and Matthew Coad. West have beaten Dunston and Sunderland RCA in their last two matches.

Third placed Dunston, who lost their unbeaten record in midweek, are at home to Newton Aycliffe, and manager Billy Irwin will choose from an unchanged squad. Aycliffe, who are in sixth, are without striker Ben Wood, who has a broken arm, while striker Glenn Robson is suspended.

Whitley Bay, who have lost their last two matches but are still unbeaten at home, face leaders Sunderland RCA at Hillheads, and they will still be missing striker Paul Robinson and defender Craig McFarlane. The RCA, who are unbeaten away, will give fitness tests to midfielder Scott Richards and defender Carl Beesley.

Billingham Town take on Marske, with just goal difference separating the two sides on 10 points. Striker Micky Dunwell is missing for Town, but midfielder Craig Perry and striker Steve Flockett return. Another striker, Steve Roberts, will have a fitness test. Marske welcome back defender Mark Taylor and Rob Jones after injury, so they will have a full squad to choose from for the first time this season.

Newcastle Benfield are at home to Billingham Synthonia, and Synners are boosted by the return of striker Nathan Jameson, but midfielder Michael Cater will have a fitness test.

Bottom club Stokesley, who led Billingham Town in midweek before losing, are at home to Shildon. The Railwaymen will be without defender Justin Keegan and striker Wayne Gredziak.

Norton, who are at Penrith, are without defender Darren Hollingsworth, who has gone to Australia, and midfielders Craig Gott because of work and Steve Huggins because of injury Jarrow Roofing face Tow Law, and they welcome back Karl McMann and Ian Moore, but Josh Allen is still missing. Second bottom Lawyers who have won their only league game so far this season away from home at Stokesley, could make changes to the team that lost at Penrith in midweek.

Guisborough, who are third bottom, are at home to South Shields, and manager Chris Hardy adds Lee Bythway to the squad, which brings them up to full strength. South Shields have recently signed their former player Jonny Wightman from Ashington.

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