Early signs are good for Salem

Rhys Green misses out for Salem after having 12 stitches in a cut lip

Rhys Green misses out for Salem after having 12 stitches in a cut lip

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WILL this finally be the season that Bradford Salem are promoted from SSE Yorkshire Division Two.

The pre-season signs have certainly been good as they prepare to host Knottingley.

Not only did they win the Skiptens tournament but they saw off Wath 31-25 in the Yorkshire Shield, and the Shay Laners have plenty of options in terms of personnel on Saturday.

Despite resting flanker Rhys Green (12 stitches in a lip injury) and winger Alex Wood (shoulder), Salem have named a strong side, which includes new boys Conor Wood and Ryan Smith and the return of skipper James Cunliffe and Matt Child.

After two straight relegations, Keighley's director of rugby Graeme Sheffield is making no promises as to their future as his young outfit head to Goole.

Old Grovians will be without last season's skipper Chris Blackhall due to a groin operation in Yorkshire Three at Bramley Phoenix.

Baildon are also missing their leader Jonny Picken, who suffered a broken wrist in training, but still face visitors Northallerton with confidence.

Bradford Salem (home to Knottingley): D Belcher; S Savage, C Malarkey, R Smith, C Walker; A Robinson, M Child; J Bradbury, A Veitch, S Davies, J Cunliffe, K Falwasser, C Wood, D pearson, J Fawcett. Replacements: J Ashworth, U Okeahialam, D Snowden.

Keighley (at Goole) from: N Curr, N Jordan, D Smith, S Booker, L Daniel, L Sokee, S Minikin, J Hannah, A Horsfall, L Everett, S Everett, C Spencer, W Armitage, Jack Atkinson, L Chick, S Blakeley, T Lowther, E Barker.

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