THE Wearside League, which has been without a sponsor for several years, has teamed up with two local businesses.
Driver training company Tyne and Wear LGV will sponsor the three cup competitions, while Ettrick Health and Safety will be involved with the annual dinner.
Chairman Peter Maguire said: “We are delighted to have the sponsorship which will reduce the financial burden on our 22 clubs.”
Tyne and Wear LGV will be involved for the first time today when Cleator Moor Celtic have home advantage over Willington in the final of the Sunderland Shipowners’ Cup.
Willington haven’t won a trophy since they lifted the Northern League Cup way back in 1975. They miss Rhys Marshall and Danny Lee while Cleator Moor manager Dean White welcomes the return from suspension of Bradley Rooney.
In the league, Jarrow are eyeing at least a top-six finish and they go to Kirkbymoorside without the injured Tony Chilton. The Yorkshiremen are much stronger with the inclusion of Sarjo Cham, Matty Bower, Carl Richardson and Marc Tansey.
Sunderland West End are fourth going into their fixture at Redcar Athletic. The Wearsiders cannot name Jamie Fryett, Lloyd Conlon or Chris Curtis, but Brid Thompson and Liam Gettings are in contention for places in the starting line-up.
Prudhoe Town are minus Kai Hewitson and Kevin Morland against Coxhoe Athletic, who have Alex Mitton back from injury, but neither Brad Cane nor Stephen Parnaby can turn out.
Bottom-of-the-table Silksworth Rangers take on Gateshead Leam Rangers minus Mansur Malaiga, who has returned to Nigeria for a short break.
The Tynesiders are without the suspended Leon Kane, but last season’s top scorer, Liam Barnett, is expected to play a part at some stage.