This week sees the last of the Wearside league fixtures for 2016 with only six fixtures scheduled to take place.
Teams will be looking to the weather forecasts in the hope that they do not get a dreaded postponement with the hope of playing one last game before Christmas.
One of the key fixtures will see Jarrow FC look to steal top spot from Richmond who do not play this week. They travel to Ashbrooke and will look to avenge the disappointment of the 5-4 defeat to Coxhoe.
Ashbrooke however come into this one off the back of a 3-0 victory over South Shields Reserves and will be looking to follow that up in what will certainly be a tough fixture.
Redcar Athletic will be looking to make up ground on Jarrow and Richmond when they travel to Cleator Moor who sit mid table and come into the game following a 3-0 defeat to Boldon.
Athletic are currently unbeaten in six and one of those wins was against Darlington 1883 Reserves who boasted a handful of first team players that day, they will certainly be looking to extend that run to seven going into 2017.
Coxhoe will be looking to maintain 8th in the table when they take on Darlington Reserves who will be back to their usual squad following last week’s use of first team players saw them lose to Redcar.
Following their huge win against Jarrow last week Coxhoe will be hoping to carry that momentum into this week and push for another big win and avenge the 4-1 defeat to Darlington from earlier in the season.
Gateshead Leam Rangers will be looking to move as high as 9th when they take on the South Shields Reserves and with both teams having lost previously they will be looking to put in better performances.
Shields won the previous encounter in September 4-2 and more positive results see them sat in 7th, whereas their opponents have struggled to really get any good run of form going.
In one of the more low key games of the day Seham Reserves travel to Stokesley where they will look to snap a four game losing streak which has seen them take onboard some heavy losses to Ashbrooke, Hartlepool, Boldon and Annfield Plain.
Stokesley haven’t had much luck of late either, winning only twice in their last nine matches but despite this they find themselves in 10th and could climb should they win.
The last fixture of the day is a relegation six pointer between Wolviston and Windscale and with both teams being in poor form all season it could be an interesting one to watch.
Wolviston haven’t won in the league since September but coincidentally both sides drew 2-2 against Gateshead Leam Rangers in their last games so both sides will be looking to build on that with a win and start to build some momentum for the new year.
All fixtures are scheduled to kick off at 14:00 on Saturday.