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Wibsey Warriors coach hampered by injuries
Wibsey Warriors coach Jason Hirst has a number of selection headaches prior to the visit of Dewsbury Moor in a crunch Pennine League Premier Division encounter at Northfield Road on Saturday.
The visitors have yet to get off the mark this season, while the Warriors will want to improve on their meagre tally of just two wins in six outings.
Hirst explained his quandary, saying: “We have Andy Wilkinson, Dom Kilburn and Harry Hall injured and Mike Horrocks is unavailable.
“I am hopeful that Phil Brain will pass a fitness test and Cam Bishop will make his first appearance this season.”
Queensbury trio Tom Hainsworth, Ash Ryan and Callum Murgatroyd are injury doubts for the trip to Drighlington. Coach Andy Senior drafts in Andy Walker as back-up for what will be a difficult test. Bury always give the classy Leeds side a good run for their money, although it is now over four years since their last success.
In the Championship, Bank Top Harriers will be raring to get back in action on the field against Knottingley Rockware after being awarded the points when last week’s visitors Ackworth failed to show.
West Bowling’s glorious win over Queens in the Yorkshire cup has taken its toll. Leading try score Jack Dawson and his centre partner Adam Reardon miss the home clash against New Earswick All Blacks along with hooker Sam Whitehouse who has a damaged ankle. West’s coach Leigh Beattie looks certain to dip into the second team for reinforcements to face the York visitors who dumped Bowling out of the Pennine Cup last term.
Birkenshaw will be confident of coming away with the points when Castleford Panthers visit East Bierley. Birky gave table toppers Upton a good game last time out and the Panthers are having a torrid season camped at the bottom of Division One with a nil return.
A Division Two dogfight takes place when Clayton travel to Dodworth. Both sides are struggling for numbers and a body count will almost certainly decide the issue.
Odsal Sedbergh and visitors Stainland Stags are running neck and neck in Division Three.
Sedge who gave Wyke a real fright before falling to a narrow defeat in the Andrew Bennett Trophy will be brim-full of confidence with home advantage also a telling factor.
Division Four leaders Undercliffe draft new signing Andy Kilmartin into the squad for the visit of Whitehall Warriors. Veteran Dave Newhall also returns with Kaz Ahmed replacing the injured Simon Kenefick.