CARLISLE City have been dealt a blow and will be without skipper Stuart Kilgour for the next six weeks.
He broke his hand following an accident over the Christmas period and will miss the trip to struggling Ponteland United.
The black and whites are missing first-choice striker Jon Dunn, who is sidelined for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, and Elliot Huart, out of action for six weeks following a knee operation.
Ashington Colliers manager David Brown hopes to welcome back into his squad Simon Cunningham, Iain Nickalls and Chris Smith for their visit to Gateshead Rutherford, while leaders Heaton Stannington host Walker Central in a sure to be hotly-contested local derby.
Percy Main Amateurs will start the New Year with four consecutive home games, the first today against Blyth Town.
Villagers' manager Gareth Allan hopes to have a full squad to choose from as well as the addition of new signing David Halliday, a defender who has been playing at Washington.
Shankhouse are at home to struggling Murton and will look to turn around a run of form that has seen them lose four of their last six games to keep in contention at the top.
Stocksfield, meanwhile, take on an in-form Harraby CC who have won their last five on the bounce.
Seaton Delaval entertain Hebburn Reyrolle in the quarter-finals of the Kicks Leisure George Dobbins League Cup.
Keeper Neil Harrison comes back into the team after his unavailability mid week. Stephen Howes, Michael Fenwick are expected to be in the squad after illness and injury along with new signing Alex Nisbet. Cole Dixon is unavailable.
Whitley Bay A take on Killingworth Sporting at Hillheads in the same competition.