West Bowling pumped up for Rovers revenge

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: THE BIGGER THEY ARE... West Bowling’s Jason Marshall in action against then leaders Drighlington, when the Bradford side showed they are a match for any team on their day THE BIGGER THEY ARE... West Bowling’s Jason Marshall in action against then leaders Drighlington, when the Bradford side showed they are a match for any team on their day

West Bowling will have old scores to settle against Pennine League Premier Division table-toppers Sharlston Rovers on Saturday.

Wests are still smarting from the 28-26 National Cup fourth-round defeat five years ago when Rovers went through following a contentious last-minute try.

They have enjoyed only one win since that day over a Sharlston side that have carried all before them.

And their task was not made any easier after Saturday's home match was switched to Rovers’ ground following the decision to call off all games on Bradford Council pitches.

Bowling will gain heart from the fact they knocked previous leaders Drighlington off top spot in December. They have further good news with the return of scrum half Liam Coe and packman Ash Hutchinson.

Wibsey Warriors are back in league action against Queens at Northfield Road. The Warriors, who need a win to lift them out of the bottom two, will be looking to repeat the form that earned them a comprehensive 30-16 home success against the Leeds-based visitors in the third round of this year’s Hamuel Reichenbacher Cup – when stand-off Ryan Smith posted a hat-trick.

Bank Top Harriers face another tough trip on the road to Hunslet Old Boys. The Harriers gave Sharlston a good run for their money last week and are now settling in to life in the top flight, with Adam Mitchell using his vast experience to good effect.

Queensbury welcome back a number of regulars for the Championship game at New Earswick All Blacks.

Bury, who were disappointed when Eastmoor Dragons failed to appear as scheduled last time out, have Rob Nagy, Dan Clarke and Andy Senior ready to reclaim a jersey after injury.

Birkenshaw know that defence will be the key when they travel to fleet-of-foot Championship Division One leaders Illingworth.

Birky, who lost their unbeaten home record 20-6 against the Halifax side earlier in the campaign, have the firepower to reply in kind in a crucial promotion clash.

Wyke are on their travels to Allerton Bywater searching for a win to move out of the Division One relegation zone, while West Bowling A are looking to complete the double at Division Four rivals Meltham All Blacks. Victoria Rangers look certain for another points feast at Dearne Valley Bulldogs.

Odsal Sedbergh coach Gary Priestley has a full house available for the second round Andrew Bennett Trophy tie at Siddal. A win would see Sedge into the quarter-final stage for the first time since 2006.

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