Barnard Castle, in third and 35 points behind leaders Great Ayton, travel to in-form Marton, who are in fifth position and have won four of their last five league games.

The visitors have Richard Borrowdale, Mike Dixon, Phil Merryweather and Jack Robinson all back. Karl Turner though, misses the game because of his two-match ban, so Ian Swinburn continues to deputise.

Barney skipper James Finch said: “Last week’s defeat was a spirited performance and we were missing five regulars, but we are hoping the return of them all will contribute to a positive result.”

Marton are forced to make one change, as Faizan Hussain has been called up to play for the Durham Academy, so Salim Khan comes in to replace him.

Skipper Alex Wardell said: “We are trying to keep a positive run of results going, with a tough game against a good Barnard Castle side, with the top five a realistic opportunity for us this season.”

Leaders Great Ayton make two changes at home to second placed Richmondshire.

In come David Grainge and Joshua Thompson, for Phil Holdsworth and Henry Shelton. The visitors are 29 points behind Ayton and will be looking for their ninth win of the season to narrow the gap.

Seaton Carew, with two consecutive wins under their belt, journey to Darlington, who are just above them, but have a 22-point cushion over their opponents. Seaton are unchanged and keep the same team as last week, which defeated Middlesbrough so well.

Darlington have Grant Sowerby on holiday for two weeks, so young all-rounder Toby Lush replaces him. Club official Garry Moody said: “We are expecting a tough game against an in-form Seaton team, after their good result against Middlesbrough last week.”

Struggling Hartlepool face a tricky trip to the SCG, to play fourth-placed Stokesley. They make two changes for the trip, with Ollie Mole and Chris Harrison replacing the unavailable John Watson and Chris Smith.

Stokesley’s Secretary Mark Smith said: “James Weighell is unavailable due to his Durham commitments, otherwise we will be unchanged, hoping to follow last week’s maximum point haul, with a similar result.’’

Middlesbrough and Marske meet at Acklam Park, with both teams in mid-table.

Marske have a one-point advantage over Boro and skipper Lee Hodgson said: “Chris Veazey comes back in for Lewis Myers, with our only change from last week. After a very good win last week at Barnard Castle, we are hoping that sets us up for the remainder of the season and wanting more of the same at Middlesbrough.”

The bottom two play each other at Station Road, Norton, where Guisborough are the visitors and they will be desperate for a win against the bottom side.

The Priorymen are 25 points from safety and must start putting a few wins together to climb the table. Although they have only won one game this season, they have drawn seven and will be wanting to take advantage of Norton’s poor campaign.