BIRKENSHAW Bulldogs are seeking their third win on the bounce on Saturday when Queensbury arrive for a Pennine League Division Two Central derby at East Bierley Playing Fields.

The formbook indicates a close-run encounter as both have won two of their six outings so far but statistics will count for zilch with local pride at stake.

Birky, who have packman Ben Mather returning from Yorkshire county duty, will be looking to Jarrad Toulson to continue his recent try-scoring feats, while second-row forward Ben Cousen has also been nipping in for vital touchdowns at crucial moments.

Queensbury player-coach Stuart Rubery has not recovered from his leg injury but has confirmed that mercurial half-back Jordan Brown is set to make his first appearance of the campaign.

The family double act of centre Brett and full back Gregg Marriot, his cousin, test any opposition, while the quality goal-kicking of prop forward Mike Boocock will probably have a say in the outcome.

After last week’s lack of games in the area, there is a glut of attractive matches available for the floating supporter.

Wyke parade new signing Oscar Woodhead from West Bowling when they welcome Beeston Broncos to Towngate.

Coach Ian Wormald has a selection headache, with wingman Jonny Fawthrop and centre Ryan Exley also in contention for a jersey in what will be a full-strength squad.

The black and whites will be scenting victory against the Leeds outfit, who lost to Birkenshaw on home soil a week ago.

Clayton have a clutch of returnees challenging for a game against bottom-of-the-table Wakefield City at the Lidget Green Oval.

Three-quarters Karl Spring, Oliver McElroy and Jonny Norman, plus packmen Luke Harps and Luke Barnes, have recovered from recent knocks, but wily coach Scott Pendlebury may take the opportunity to blood some of his fringe players with one eye on the challenging matches to come.

Brighouse Rangers are planning to field the team that saw off Sharlston Rovers so convincingly in last Saturday's home game when third-placed Upton arrive at Russell Way for a Championship Division match.