BRADFORD Dudley Hill are hoping that an older head can help them avoid relegation from Kingstone Press National Conference League Division One.

Former Bulls Academy player Martin Brannan, who hasn't played for Hill on a regular basis since 2009, made a substitute appearance for them last weekend in their 50-10 defeat at Pilkington Recs.

Hill's first-team manager Steve Wright said: "Martin can play centre or back row and has that toughness about him.

"He signed on for us at the start of the season but has been unavailable as he had had to look after his daughter.

"He played for about 25 minutes for us last week, and just needs to get his match fitness back.

"Ironically he is missing at home to Featherstone Lions as it is Willy Woodhead's wedding, where Antony Lawton is also going, but we will see who turns up for training and hope for the best."

Brannan's former three-quarter partner Neil Wall is set to return from suspension, but Andy Walker still has one match to serve.

West Bowling, who are 11th in Division Two, hope that returning centre Nick Fontaine will be better for his game last weekend, when they led 12-10 at half-time at Wigan St Judes, only to lose 38-12.

"A little bit of indiscipline hurt us," confessed Bowling coach Glenn Barraclough, "and they scored two tries and got some momentum.

"Life doesn't get any easier as, after facing third-placed St Judes, we host second-placed Dewsbury Moor Maroons."

Tenth-placed Drighlington, who are one place below Bowling and in dire need of a win, host Hull Dockers.

Leaders Queensbury will be looking to extend their triumphant run in Yorkshire Men’s League Division One at Castleford side Cutsyke Raiders.

Meanwhile, there are derbies in Division Two, where Wibsey Warriors take on Odsal Sedbergh, and Division Five, where Wyke Academy travel to Farnley Falcons, while Birkenshaw Bluedogs are at New Earswick All Blacks.

On Sunday, Brighouse Rangers face the long trip to Whitley Bay Barbarians in Women’s Championship Division One, looking for a win after last week’s cup defeat.

In the Women’s Merit League, Keighley Cougars are at Dearne Valley Bulldogs.