Whitley Bay will be hoping for favourable weather on Saturday when they travel to Bishop Auckland to face the side they overwhelmed in a one-sided game at Hillheads back in September.
That night Whitley triumphed 7-0 with Adam Shanks scoring four of the goals.
Since then Bishops have recovered and are unbeaten in their last seven league games at Heritage Park.
They are currently lying in mid-table, nine points ahead of Whitley but having played five more games.
Alex Kempster completed his suspension in Tuesday night’s game at Ashington and will be available for selection.
In an ever-changing fixture list, Whitley are now scheduled to play their several times postponed Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final against Morpeth Town at Hillheads on Tuesday, February 2, kick-off 7.30pm, but this game is dependent on Morpeth not having FA Vase commitments that night.
The game was originally due to be played in November and Whitley in particular will be desperate that they can get the game played and avoid another addition to their already heavily congested calendar.
If the cup tie goes ahead it will be Whitley’s first home game since mid-December.
Should Morpeth be unable to play that night, Whitley will be hoping that another league game can be rearranged at short notice, details of which will be made available.