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Henry Paul opts to watch Bradford & Bingley
Henry Paul may have turned in a vintage display last weekend for Bradford & Bingley but he has resisted the temptation to make himself available on Saturday.
The Bees director of rugby’s class showed as he led his team to a 44-32 victory at Morley – their first win of the season in SSE National League Three North.
However, the Kiwi said of the home match against bottom club Penrith: “I am not playing because we have several guys back, such as Tom Gough, Nathan Anderson and Simon Hill, and it has given me a bit of a selection headache.”
There will be a minute’s silence before the kick-off in memory of former Bees president Keith Loftus.
Wharfedale, at bogey club Tynedale in SSE National League One, have winger Simon Jordan back for the first time in a year after a shoulder injury.
Also, back-rower Aaron Myers has made a swift recovery from the injury he sustained two weeks ago at Fylde.
Otley, who are one of five clubs to have won three out of three in SSE National League Two North, bid to maintain their 100 per cent record at Birmingham & Solihull.
Cleckheaton have also made a perfect start in SSE North One East but aren’t counting their chickens ahead of their visit to cellar dwellers Sheffield.
“We lost twice to them last year,” says fixture secretary Alan Bentley, “and we expect them to be up there at the end of the season.”
Cleck are without player-coach Rob Afoa-Peterson this weekend but could have powerful back Lee Queeley available after a shoulder injury, even though he hasn’t been named in the 18.
The Moorenders are delighted with the form of 19-year-old second row Alex Dawson, who was signed from neighbours Old Brodleians in the summer. “He is a good player,” said Bentley.
Old Grovians are already facing a must-win match at Skipton in SSE Yorkshire Division Three.
An opening-day win at Northallerton has been followed by back-to-back defeats, leading director of rugby Martin Whitcombe saying: “We have got to win”, ahead of the return to his old stomping ground.
Grovians have been bolstered by the inclusion of potential debutants Charles Medley and James Yates.
Wharfedale (at Tynedale): A Whaites; S Jordan, C Georgiou, J Donkin, J Prell; T Barrett, P Woodhead; J Altham, L Cole, C Steel, R Brown, R Rhodes, J Burridge, R Baldwin, A Myers. Replacements: T Margetson, I Larkin, J Barnard, M Dudman, T Davidson.
Cleckheaton (at Sheffield): R Hayden; J Wilson, James Marshall, Matt Piper, C Blackburn; J Toulson, J Bickerdike; P Turner, R Bennett, A Piper, A Dawson, G Turton, R Piercy, R Piper, O Akroyd. Replacements: C Piper, B Thrower, J White.
Old Grovians (at Skipton): C Blackhall, M Worrall, J Trenholme, C Cockshott, T Dalton, S Robinson, G Phillips, Aiden, C Medley, B Williams, D Roberts, B Brown, A Weaving, J Hinchliffe, A Griffin, D Copsey, J Hartley, J Sowden, J Yates, D Nulty.
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