Full backs could hold the key in Bradford Cup clash

Birkenshaw full back Ben Nabozny, right, who is a class act combining electric pace and sound defence, could have an eye-catching battle with his opposite number Jimmy Waine, of Wyke

Birkenshaw full back Ben Nabozny, right, who is a class act combining electric pace and sound defence, could have an eye-catching battle with his opposite number Jimmy Waine, of Wyke

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The battle of the full backs could prove to be the crucial factor when Wyke entertain holders Birkenshaw in the opening round of the Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup at Wyke Manor.

Ben Nabozny, Birky’s last line of defence, is a class act, combining sound defence with electric pace on attack compared to the black and whites' new arrival Jimmy Waine, who is rapidly stamping his mark in an identical manner.

Wyke welcome back their former coach, prop Ian Wormald, who will be in the front row alongside his long-term comrade, BARLA international Simon Owen.

They will, however, lack injured forward Steve Richardson (back) and youngster Jordon Myers (knee).

Birkenshaw will announce their starting line-up after a number of health checks shortly before kick-off.

The Hudson Foster Supplementary Bradford Cup match between Wyke A and Odsal Sedbergh A, which is scheduled for a 1.30pm start, could be switched to Odsal Rec pending the state of the pitch.

Queensbury are also in cup action for the second week on the trot - at Thornhill Trojans in the second round of the Pennine League President's Cup.

Bury, who pulled off a stunning National Cup success at Haydock last week, have an abundance of talent available with the return of Dan Clark, Rob Nagy and Ash Ryan for the clash against the much-fancied Premier Division Trojans.

However, loose forward Josh Naylor, who is on a coaching course, misses out.

In the Premier Division, West Bowling are set to give teenager Oliver Bartle his first taste of senior rugby when they travel to Queens, seeking the double.

West enjoyed a 20-8 home success in October against the Leeds outfit that have been blowing hot and cold all season, and will be well aware that the hosts are still smarting from the visit of Division Four Victoria Rangers, who dumped them out of the National Cup.

Wibsey Warriors will meet Bank Top Harriers in a bottom-of-the-table clash at Northfield Road.

Harriers, whose abandoned President's Cup tie against Upton last week is going to be replayed, are seeking their first win of the campaign against a Warriors side that have only one league success to show for their efforts.

Odsal Sedbergh are certain to give Division One pacesetters West Leeds a good contest at Odsal Rec, and the Division Two derby between Clayton and Wibsey A will attract a good crowd at Lidget Green.

Victoria Rangers will put one hand on the Division Four trophy if they succeed, as expected, at Dearne Valley Bulldogs.

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