Hawcoat Park RU look to kick-start season

Returning: Will Coles is back in action for Hawcoat Park LINDSEY DICKINGS
Returning: Will Coles is back in action for Hawcoat Park LINDSEY DICKINGS
8 September 2017 8:39AM

HAWCOAT Park’s first and second teams are the only sides from the area in action tomorrow against Eccles and Bury seconds respectively.

Hawcoat’s senior team are aiming to bounce back from a 45-14 defeat away to promoted Burnley when they play their first home game of the North Lancashire/Cumbria League campaign.

Conversely, the seconds are hoping to build on an impressive 61-5 demolition of Vale of Lune 4th XV in the Raging Bull North West League.

HAWCOAT PARK V ECCLES

THE first team are all but a few unchanged for the visit of Eccles, with skipper Brad Morrow looking for a more precise game from his troops tomorrow.

John Donnan, Adam Grainger and Andy Kent are the front three, with Ash Mowat and Callum Ramsey urging them on from the second row.

Joining Morrow in the back row will most likely be Grady Slater and Jason Priss, hoping to win the ball in the loose. Johnny Burrows keeps the number nine shirt, with James Howden looking to keep his fly-half jersey.

Will Coles returns this week on one wing, with Rodney Odandi sticking with the opposite wide berth. Chris Burns stays at centre and could be joined by the returning George Smith.

George Hilton hopes to come into the fold at full-back in what looks like a strong team at home.

BURY 2nd XV V HAWCOAT PARK 2nd XV

THE second string look to continue where they left off last Saturday when they travel to Bury. A squad of 22 is expected travel so the team will be finalized on the day, but they will most likely be as unchanged as they can.

Big Paul Woodburn, Joe Rea, Ryan Brown and Mike Gibson will all be wanting a front row shirt, although Gibson may be unable to play due to a prior engagement.

Martin Kennedy and Mark Hall will be pushed by Rory Sayle for a place in the second row, with Matt Robson, Ted Jackson, Charlie Butterworth and Jackson Glynn all in with a shout as well. Some may drop to the back row, joining Harrison O’Brien and Connor Vetes Young.

Adam Williamson returns at scrum-half, with Euan James hopeful of being released by work to play alongside him.

Ethan Vial and Dave Wynne look to build their centre partnership, with last week’s try scorer Conor Doherty, Jay Crowe and Dan Hayes out wide or at full-back. Rich Dalton also travels, as does Peter Jennens, who will join the squad from Birmingham.

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