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Aiden Batey blow as Victoria Rangers with injury worries for Pennine Supplementary Cup clash
Red-hot Pennine Supplementary Cup favourites Victoria Rangers have a number of injury concerns prior to the opening round home clash against Whinmoor on Saturday.
Full back Aiden Batey looks set to miss out with a leg injury, while scrum half Oscar Woodhead and props Ash Yarrow and Alex Scott will face fitness tests prior to kick-off.
The Vics, who are unbeaten in all competitions this season, won the dress rehearsal last week with a comprehensive 34-0 home success in the league encounter.
Injury-ravaged West Bowl-ing travel to Premier Division rivals Drighlington in the second round of the Pennine President’s Cup.
Coach Leigh Beattie will be scratching his head wondering who will take the field after losing Sha Basha (hamstring), Jack Dawson (broken foot), Jack Milburn (shoulder) and Liam Coe (ankle).
Keighley Cougars have also signed Liam Darville, Dan Gregory and Dan Connell on part-time contracts to add to his woes.
Bowling, who posted a splendid 20-12 win in the home league encounter in early January against their high-flying Leeds opponents, will therefore also have selection problems for the second-team visit to Dearne Valley Bulldogs in Division Four.
Bank Top Harriers’ tie against Upton is at the mercy of the weather.
There will have to be a major upturn in conditions to see the Lidget Green pitch, at present under water, fit for purpose, which could leave the Harriers frustrated for the second week on the trot.
Birkenshaw host Queens at East Bierley looking to inflict further misery on the Leeds outfit, who are still well-fancied to go all the way to the final despite suffering a humiliating home defeat against Victoria Rangers in the BARLA National Cup.
Wibsey Warriors, who are in a false position at the foot of the Premier Division due to their profitable cup exploits, should have too much firepower for Champ-ionship hosts New Earswick All Blacks, while Queensbury will have to pull out all the stops at Thornhill Trojans, who have only lost one Premier game this term.
There is bound to be a battle royal in the Hudson Foster Bradford Cup clash between Wyke A and Sedbergh A at Towngate.
Both sides are Division Seven rivals and always put on a good show, with local bragging rights to the fore.
The winners will travel to Victoria Rangers in the semi-finals.
In the league, Odsal Sedbergh may be out of the Division One promotion stakes but they can put a huge dent in the aspirations of visitors West Leeds with an expected win at Odsal Rec.
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