BIRKENSHAW Bluedogs and visitors Wyke will wheel out the heavy artillery in a bid to collect their first win of the season in their Pennine League Division Two Central clash at East Bierley.

The Bluedogs have former Dudley Hill prop Lee Wilkins at the helm, and he will be desperate to put one over his former adversary Ian Wormald, who learnt his trade at West Bowling before taking over the coaching reins at his home-village club.

Two large packs could provide the springboard for success, with Birky sensing that they have the upper hand with in-form front-row trio Ben Kitchingham, Matty Honeysett and Ben Mather.

The black and whites believe that former Keighley Cougar and West Bowling prop Ash Hutchinson will lead their challenge, alongside hooker Matty Dennison, who returns after a spell in Australia.

The versatile Coby Kittsen misses out due to a facial injury, but the equally talented Ryan Exley makes his first appearance this term.

The Bluedogs have Luke Hudson back in action after a spell with Shaw Cross, and old-timer Simon Owen will play against his former colleagues.

Queensbury, who travel to Wakefield City, will be cock-a-hoop following their mighty victory over Eastmoor last week.

The hosts have only played one game after a delayed start and are bound to be ring-rusty as they seek to open their account against a Bury outfit that are getting stronger by the day.

Coach Stuart Rubery will be without the suspended John Farr, plus the injured duo of Ste Montgomery and Joel Charlton, but he has a wealth of talent waiting in the wings, allowing him to draft Ash Ryan, Aaron Moore, Scott Northin and Christian Rafferty into a strong squad.

All eyes will be on Queensbury starlet Jack Stephenson, who is on fire for the blue hoops this season.