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The 'Great Escape' is very much on for Bradford & Bingley
Bradford & Bingley could take another sizeable step towards the ‘Great Escape’ on Saturday.
The Bees, who have won their last two matches in SSE National League Three North but remain second from bottom, are at Billingham.
The Teessiders are in the lowest survival spot, but they are only two places and three points above the men from Wagon Lane.
Back Phil Greaves says: “If we win on Saturday against Billingham, and Firwood Waterloo lose, we will go above both of them.”
While Phil puts his body on the line once more, his younger brother Ben is unavailable as his wife is due to give berth, but Rikki Sheriffe is available again.
Cleckheaton, who don’t want the Bees to go down as they savour two tasty derbies next season, only need a point at home to Morpeth to be certain of the SSE North One East title.
James Marshall and James Wilson both start and are Ollie Depledge is on the bench as Cleckheaton continue to rotate their centres.
Bradford Salem want to prove a point at Yarnbury – that although they lack consistency, they are the best team in SSE Yorkshire Division Two on their day.
A win would give Salem the double over Hullensians and Yarnbury, who should both be promoted. Relegated Baildon are at home to Barnsley.
Cleckheaton (home to Morpeth): R Hayden; James Marshall, J Wilson, Matt Piper, M Woodhead; Michael Piper, J Bickerdike; P Turner, J Crowther, C Piper, A Dawson, R Piercy, R Afoa Peterson, R Piper, O Akroyd. Replacements: O Depledge, G Turton, A Piper.
Bradford Salem (at Yarnbury): D Belcher; A Sutcliffe, C Malarkey, T Barnes, C Walker; A Robinson, J Mitchell; J Bradbury, A Veitch, S Davies, J Cunliffe, R Green, J Booth, K Falwasser, J Fawcett. Replacements from: S Markey, J Ashworth, D Luxton, A N Other.
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