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Old Grovians hoping to emulate Otley
Otley, who have a tough test at Luctonians in SSE National League Two North on Saturday, aren’t the only unbeaten team in the Aire-Wharfe valleys.
The Cross Greeners have played four, won four to be placed second but Old Grovians have won all three of their matches in Yorkshire Division Four.
Second-placed Grovians, under the stewardship of Martin Whitcombe, have named a 23-man squad for the trip to Ossett, which is their third away fixture of the campaign.
Ricky Hopkinson – impressive at inside centre this season – is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury last time out at Leeds Corinthians and faces a late fitness test.
Grovians will also have to make changes in the back row. Tom Dalton, their strong-running No 8 is missing for the next four weeks and Sam Robinson serves the last game of his suspension.
Brad Williams and Gaz Phillips are both included in the squad for the first time this season, as is hooker Adam Driver, who has been out of action for over a year with a knee ligament injury.
In addition, Grovians have signed a three-year sponsorship deal with London-based Lucid Events, who supply corporate hospitality at major sporting occasions.
Baildon have Nicky and Hayden Lister back for their Yorkshire Three derby at Old Modernians and have named Sam Emmitt at hooker for the injured Dale Tabiner.
Confident Wharfedale travel to newly-promoted Loughborough Students, looking to put to bed a losing away sequence stretching way back to late 2011.
The students are having a tough time adjusting to life in SSE National League One and currently languish at the foot of the table, just above Macclesfield.
Wharfedale unsurprisingly retain all of last week’s personnel who performed so successfully against Esher, with prop Mark Tampin making his first start and Adam Howard dropping to the bench.
Wharfedale (at Loughborough Students): C Georgiou; N Taylor, A Hodgson, J Donkin, S Horsfall; L Gray, J Gough; C Steel, I Larkin, A Howard; R Brown, R Rhodes; A Allen, J Tyson, A Myers.
Baildon (at Old Modernians): N Lister; H Lister, J Huss, M Dracup, JJ O’Connell; J Duxbury, B Newton; A Hewitt, S Emmitt, P Lowth, A Pollard, A Beaumont, T Craven, C Woodhall, D Pollard. Replacements: P Wilson, G Price, A Magee, D Athwell, J Dawson.
Old Grovians (at Ossett) from: C Blackhall, M Worrall, D Gullick, J Deu, D Roberts, C Cockshott, T Whitehead, B Williams, M Lister, A Lesur, T Adams, D Foster, A Driver, J Bradley, A Weaving, D Hogg, L Downes, A Griffin, R Hopkinson, G Philips, J Sowden, B Brown, J Hinchliffe.