Summer signing Lee Ayres will need to be patient to make his competitive debut for Moor Green, writes Colin Stoner.

The former Tamworth and Kidderminster Harriers defender, freed by Burton Albion at the end of last term, was recruited on the eve of the campaign after impressing in pre-season.

But, having missed all of last term with a hip complaint, he is still not 100 per cent ready for Nationwide North action and will again be absent for tonight's home match with table-topping Droylsden.

Moors are set to make one change to their defensive ranks to face one of only two teams who have a 100 per cent winning record after three matches. Andy Penny suffered a thigh strain in Saturday's win at Worcester City so Guy Sanders is on standby.

Redditch United manager Gary Whild is ready to broaden his hunt for a new striker after ruling out French striker Norman Sylla for the immediate future.

Sylla, the Reds' 2005 top scorer who spent last year in Greece, has rejoined Redditch but he has been unavailable after returning to France for family reasons.

The Reds, with one point from three games, expect to be unchanged for tonight's clash with Hucknall at the Valley Stadium.

Duane Darby is likely to make his first start of the season as Nuneaton Borough seek their first win of the campaign.

Darby, sent off in last season's play-off semi-final, was banned for the first match and then left on the bench for the next two games but manager Roger Ashby is ready to shuffle his side after admitting they were beaten by a better a team in Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Droylsden.

Worcester City will be boosted with the return of skipper Des Lyttle for their trip to Worksop Town. The former West Bromwich Albion defender has completed a three-match ban handed out after a pre-season red card.

* Lee Williams is Halesowen Town's only fitness doubt for their home match with league newcomers Corby Town in the British Gas Business Premier.

Williams, one of the Yeltz summer recruits, took a whack on the knee in Saturday's 2-0 win at King's Lynn, but should feature, leaving only Nick Amos, who is away at a wedding in Germany, as a non-starter.

In the Midlands Division, Bromsgrove Rovers have to rule out skipper Mark Taylor (work commitments) for their home game with Rushall Olympic.

Sutton Coldfield Town hope Damien Markman and Liam Hebberd will be available after family commitments to play Evesham United at their temporary home at Worcester City while Stourbridge summer signing Andy Wells is ready for his debut at Bedworth United after he was suspended on Saturday.