BRADFORD Salem and Keighley both have testing away encounters on Saturday in Yorkshire Division One.

Salem are at third-placed York, while Keighley face fifth-placed Scarborough.

“We have quite a good record at York and we are seeking a double as we won the home clash 30-27 in November,” said Salem’s chairman Neil Klenk.

“Having thrown games away on several occasions this season, this was one that we nicked against the odds.

“Centre Tom Newitt, who was their best player on the day, got sin-binned and we got a couple of late tries.”

Eighth-placed Salem are without full back Danny Belcher for the return fixture, however, as he is resting a back injury.

“Danny has been playing with it for several weeks and we have been persuaded by our physio to give him a week’s rest so that he is ready for the home match against runaway leaders Bridlington,” said Klenk.

Ryan Smith reverts to full back, with the returning Connor Malarkey taking his place on the wing.

Will Collins is at prop for the unavailable John Bradbury, James Cunliffe, normally a second row, is in the back row, and Salem are picking from five for their bench, including former England international Dan Scarborough.

After successive victories over North Ribblesdale, Old Brodleians and Heath, sixth-placed Keighley, despite being without scrum half Rob Wilkinson due to family commitments, are perhaps travelling with even more hope.

Head coach Danny McGee, who hopes to field a similar side that defeated Heath, said: “We are looking forward to it as we have had strong performances recently against very, very good sides.

“We are quite confident and are looking forward to taking it to them.”

Bradford Salem (at York): R Smith; C Malarkey, H Hall, A Robinson, N Fontaine; M Booth, J Mitchell; T O’Sullivan, A Veitch, W Collins, J Morrell, B Whitaker, C Wood, C Baines, J Cunliffe. Replacements (from): S Gardner, J Abram, D Luxton, K Brook, D Scarborough.