Hebburn Town’s promotion bid has been boosted by the return of Lee McMahon.
The influential midfielder left the club in the summer to sign for rivals South Shields, but has struggled to make an impact at the big-spending Mariners.
McMahon has now signed back for the Hornets and could make his second debut when they travel to Easington tomorrow.
Hebburn’s start to the campaign hasn’t been as consistent or strong as boss Scott Oliver would have liked, though he still sees reasons to be hopeful of a good campaign.
He said: “Despite losing 3 2 to Team Northumbria on Monday, I was very pleased with the performance.
“We didn’t get the breaks as deflections and dubious refereeing cost us.
“But it was our best performance of the season by a mile.
“Lee Mcmahon signing back from South Shields will make a big difference to us keeping the ball.
“Easington away tomorrow is another tough game but the league is much stronger this season.
“I’m now very confident of having a good season.”
McMahon’s return to the fold comes as Alan Pegram and Craig Malley look set to miss out on the Easington clash through injury.
Easington, promoted from the Wearside League last season, took the scalp of Shields last weekend and will be looking to build on their solid start to the campaign which sees them in eighth.
Hebburn, meanwhile, have slipped down to 12th in the Northern League Division Two table.