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Druce recalled as Wharfedale bid to break the ice at Macclesfield
9:18am Thursday 6th December 2012 in Wharfedale
After a blank weekend, the Yorkshire Cup tie against Otley having been postponed due to frost, Wharfedale travel to Macclesfield on Saturday with the aim of reinforcing their National League One after knocking leaders Rosslyn Park off their perch.
Macclesfield, however, has proved a difficult place for the Greens.
In the two matches played there since the Cheshire club joined the division, Macclesfield have won both comfortably.
In their two league campaigns Macclesfield have finished fourth and sixth, but this season they are finding the going very much tougher, and languish second from bottom with only three wins to their name so far.
But Wharfedale coach Tom McGee knows how strong Macclesfield can be on their home patch.
He said: “After our fantastic performance against Rosslyn Park we want to show we can do it on the road, but we know how strong Macclesfield can be at home.
“We will certainly have to be at our best to come away with the win.”
Wharfedale’s selectors have gone with the nucleus of the pack which has been the basis of the season’s success, with nine home-grown players in the squad.
In the backs, Simon Horsfall returns from injury to take the full-back position, his number 11 shirt going to James Druce, who has been straining at the leash with the Foresters.
Wharfedale: Simon Horsfall; Nick Taylor, Lloyd Davies, Andy Hodgson (capt), James Druce; Luke Gray, James Gough; Joe Altham, Steve Graham, Adam Howard, Richard Brown, Richard Rhodes, James Tyson, Dan Solomi, Alastair Allen. Replacements: Mark Tampin, Ian Larkin, Adam Mason, Jim Mason, Will Bell.