Queensbury's potent mix can inspire them to national glory

Scrum half Josh Naylor has been in prime form for Queensbury

Scrum half Josh Naylor has been in prime form for Queensbury

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Queensbury travel to Hunslet Old Boys for a semi-final of the ACE Insurance BARLA National Cup on Saturday, resolutely believing that they have the ability to upset the odds.

The incentive is a final against either Drighlington or Sharlston Rovers at Batley Bulldogs' Mount Pleasant ground on Sunday, May 25, and 'Bury's player-coach Andy Senior makes no secret of his game-plan.

He said: “We know that they will try to dominate us in the forwards as they have done in the past when we played in the Pennine League Premier Division.

"The big difference now is that the Hunslet pack are not getting any younger, while we have a great mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm.

"The game will be decided in the forwards. My lads must turn up focused, make every tackle count and I believe we will have a marvellous chance of going through to the final.”

Bury full back Rob Nagy is doubtful after leaving the field with a shoulder injury last week, and Dan Clarke is on stand-by as a replacement.

Props Matt Kiernan and Senior are added to a strong squad that has the half-back duo of scrum half Josh Naylor and stand-off Joe Flanagan in tip-top form.

Hunslet, who sit one division higher than Bury at the top of the Premier, have only lost three games this season, making them the red-hot favourites to take the trophy.

Relegated Wyke finish their troubled Division One campaign with a home match against Allerton Bywater at Towngate.

It’s been a huge mystery as to why the black and whites have only won one match all term with the talented squad at their disposal.

Coach Craig Hillam will be looking to at least double their points tally with the return of the experienced trio of Warren Pitman, Alister Kitson and Steve Richardson.

Old war horses Ian Wormald and Simon Owen will figure strongly in the pack, leaving captain Ian Watkinson to guide them around the pitch.

West Bowling welcome back the vastly experienced trio of Aidy Leek, Ashley Hutchinson and Gareth Cullington for the Premier Division visit to Thornhill Trojans.

Bradford Dudley Hill will be aiming to end their three-match losing sequence when second-in-the- table Oldham St Annes arrive at Parry Lane in the Kingstone Press National Conference League Division Two.

Hill, who have lost their last two games by a total of just three points in agonising last-minute setbacks, welcome back influential centre Alex Dickinson and barnstorming prop Anthony Lawton.

Joint top try-scoring winger Neil Wall, however, is unavailable, and Joshua Chamberlain comes in at hooker for Kyle Carter.

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