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Bradford Dudley Hill face tough battle to regain top spot
Bradford Dudley Hill face a huge test of their National Conference League promotion ambitions against Hunslet Warriors at Parry Lane tomorrow night (7.30).
A victory would lift second-placed Hill back to the Division One summit above Castleford Lock Lane, who are just a point clear. But Hunslet are level on points with their hosts as both use up their game in hand on the leaders.
The form of forwards Jason Lee and Anthony Lawton will be crucial for the Bradford side against what will be an uncompromising Warriors pack.
Hill should also have Callum Dinsdale back in the reckoning, while Lewis Evans captains the side.
Another cracking match is expected on Saturday as Queensbury tackle fellow Pennine League top-flight outfit Hunslet Old Boys in the BARLA Yorkshire Cup first round.
Queensbury ’s confidence was boosted by last week’s first Premier Division win of the season against Dewsbury Moor.
Coach Andy Senior will again look to former Bulls player Rob Hawthorne to take the game to the old Boys, while Josh Naylor and Jack Evison are also key players.
League action includes a tough test for Wibsey Warriors as they travel to Leeds outfit Queens.
Wibsey coach Jason Hirst will be looking for his side to bounce back from last week’s narrow Premier Division defeat at Drighlington . Neil Sutcliffe is in peak form, while Jamie Brentley looks a great acquisition.
Cameron Nelson was outstanding in the defeat to West Bowling and, with Adam Mitchell in their ranks, they are always dangerous going forward.
Bowling should have too much firepower for hosts Ossett Trinity, who languish at the foot of the table.
Ossett are winless after four games and forwards Richard Lumb and Ryan Patchett will look to extend that unwanted statistic.
Birkenshaw host fellow mid-table Division One side Sharlston A and will look to three-quarters Gavin Mezals and Karl Robinson to provide their attacking power.
Third-placed Wyke should have too much in the locker for a Troydale Trojans side who lie second-bottom in Division Two .
Hooker Ian Wormald will marshal the Wyke forwards and they have several other match-winners such as winger Liam Hay and full back James Dewhirst.
Clayton face a tricky trip to Doncaster Toll Bar as they go looking for their first points of the season.
Half-back Scott Pendlebury makes the villagers tick and they have added experience that could just give them the edge in the guise of loose forward Jason Woolham.
Odsal Sedbergh entertain Hoyland Vikings in Division Three hoping to build on their excellent form which has brought three wins from four games.
Jared and Robert Priestley caught the eye last week with their five-try haul against Shaw Cross Sharks and more of the same will be welcome.
Division Four leaders Undercliffe Wildboars face arguably their toughest test so far as they take on promoted Farnley Falcons.
The Wildboars will be missing centres Ryan Dickson and Paul Cross, as well as captain Ryan Dean and veteran Dave Newell.
But coach Richard Cousins does have influential scrum half Liam Jarvis, Steve Ingleson, Jake Butterworth and Chris Raferty all available.