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Bumper crowd is expected at Cleckheaton
Cleckheaton are expecting two-and-a-half times their normal crowd (500 rather than 200) for the visit of neighbours Morley to Moorend in SSE North One East on Saturday.
“We gave our best performance of the season in losing 29-19 at Beverley last week and I would expect a similar level of play this weekend as our lads don’t need any encouragement against Morley,” said Cleckheaton spokesman Alan Bentley.
Bradford Salem play their fifth home game in eight weeks when they face Moortown in SSE Yorkshire Division Two.
Salem, who have climbed to fourth after four straight wins, have delayed selection but could include Danny Thomas.
He has just helped Dewsbury Celtic to promotion from National Conference League Division Two, and prop and skipper Simon Davies is set to play after a back spasm.
Out, however, are Simon Markey, Sean McLelland and Dave Luxton.
Wharfedale, who include Dan Solomi, make their shortest journey of the season – albeit one of 50 miles – to Sedgley Park in SSE National League One.
Sedgley Park, with 17 points, lie in 12th place against Wharfedale’s eighth place on 20 points.
When the Mancunians dropped into National One in 2009, things went Wharfedale’s way with three successive victories, but after a draw at The Avenue in 2011, the Tigers have won the last two matches.
In a largely unchanged Greens squad, the main selection news is the return to duty, for the first time this season in a league match, of prolific try-scorer Dan Solomi.
Injured in a pre-season warm-up match, Solomi has been working on his match fitness and is named on the bench. Steve Graham and Adam Howard are in the starting XV.
Wibsey host Adwick le Street in SSE Yorkshire Division Five.
Wharfedale (at Sedgley Park): T Davidson; N Taylor, J Donkin, A Hodgson, S Horsfall; L Gray, J Gough; C Steel, S Graham, A Howard, R Brown, R Rhodes, A Allen, A Myers, J Tyson. Replacements: I Larkin, A Mason, D Solomi, P Woodhead, L Davies.
Cleckheaton (home to Morley): R Hayden; James Marshall, Jonno Marshall, Matt Piper, M Woodhead; I Gordon, J Bickerdike; P Turner, S Worsley, C Piper, D Nolan, G Turton, R Piercy, O Akroyd R Piper. Replacements: R Bennett, B Thrower, J Wilson.
Bradford Salem (home to Moortown) from: D Belcher, C Walker, S Savage, T Williams, J Robinson, R Jolly, D Thomas, A Robinson, D Howcroft, J Ashworth, J Bradbury, S Davies, J Morrell, S Leach, J Cunliffe, D Hutton, D Pearson, D Kothari.