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Disruption is giving Bradford & Bingley little chance - Henry Paul
A world of constant change is not doing Bradford & Bingley any good.
Director of rugby Henry Paul said: “One or two changes a week is okay but five, six or seven is asking too much with people playing out of position and us getting no continuity.”
The Bees, who have won only one of their five matches so far in SSE National League Three North, have a stiff test on Saturday as they host leaders Rossendale, who have won five out of five.
Paul added: “We had seven players unavailable last week, and Dave Barden is unavailable after getting a harsh red card against Percy Park, but the situation is a bit better this week.
“We hope to have Nick Wainwright returning in the backs and James Bairstow, who is a farmer and isn’t always available, in the second row, plus Simon Hill and Adam Malthouse are back.
“We started well last week against Percy Park, scoring a try, but then didn’t secure the kick-off and put ourselves under pressure.
“Dave’s dismissal was for raising a knee but neither he nor the player reacted, and Percy Park didn’t complain afterwards.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what the Yorkshire RFU disciplinary committee do on October 17.”
Baildon haven’t got off the mark yet in SSE Yorkshire Division Two, having been promoted last season, but they have some important and experienced players back for the home match against Roundhegians.
Centre Marcus Dracup and scrum half James Dawson are both due to make their seasonal debuts, while the front row contains Connor Ward and Pete Lowth and the second row is bolstered by the return of James Fox.
“It is the strongest side that we have fielded all season and we have a chance, although Roundhegians have gone from a yo-yo club to being an established Yorkshire Division Two club,” said Baildon’s rugby chairman Andy Whitley.
Connor Malarkey must be thinking of having his christian name changed by deed poll.
He is the only one of Brad-ford Salem’s back line not to be christened Sam, following the selection of Sam Dunn, Sam Savage, Sam Gardner and Sam Riley.
With Danny Belcher unavailable, Dunn reverts to full back for the home match against Moortown, with Riley coming in on the wing.
Hooker Marc Gibbons, the latest in a long list of players to have represented the Heaton club from Christchurch in New Zealand, is likely to be on the bench.
Salem are aiming to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week by Leodiensians, who beat the visitors at their own pressing game.
Wibsey will be without player-coach John Locke for their SSE Yorkshire Division Five trip to Garforth.
He broke a collarbone in their 8-8 home draw against Thirsk last week but the regime of Locke, Darrell Wilkinson and Dave Gray-son has made a solid start.
Old Grovians, whose ability to pick up bonus points has so far kept them out of a relegation place, have a derby at Aireborough in SSE Yorkshire Division Three.
Bradford Salem (home to Moortown): S Dunn; S Savage, C Malarkey, S Gardner, S Riley; A Robinson, M Child; J Bradbury, A Veitch, S Davies, S Leach, J Cunliffe, J Booth, D Pearson, J Fawcett. Replacements (from): M Gibbons, J Ashworth, R Green, D Howcroft, D Luxton.
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