Hawcoat Park aim to end season on a high against Bolton
Manic Munday: Hawcoat Park scrum half Anthony Munday will be looking to get his team going against Bolton MARK FITZGERALD
By Jason Meadows
21 April 2017 9:06AM
HAWCOAT Park complete their North Lancs/Cumbria League season at home to Bolton tomorrow as the union season nears its conclusion.
Hawcoat Park v Bolton
(Hawcoat Park, 3pm)
RUGBY returns to Hawcoat as the first team take on Bolton in their last game of the season.
Although slightly weakened, Park are still able to put out a strong side as they look to put on a good show and take the points in their season finale.
Adam Grainger takes on the hooker role and could be joined by John Donnan and Andy Kent in a strong front three.
Ash Mowat’s game play this season has been immense, so with a back row of Callum Ramsey, Will Mallinson and Grady Slater, they are more than capable of upsetting the loose.
Mike Lightfoot is also available, so Ramsey may well step up to the second row to complete the pack division. Scrum half Anthony Munday links up with James Howden at stand-off, looking to get good quick clean ball to the back line,with Chris Burns on hand to finish off the moves.
Will Coles out wide has had a good first season at open age as he continues to improve game by game. With George Smith on hand at full-back, the team are full of confidence going into what will be a tough encounter.
Leigh v Hawcoat Park A
WITH still two games left this season, Hawcoat A find themselves on the road again as they travel to Leigh in the Raging Bull competition.
The Maroon and Whites will be looking to finish in the top half of the table, and with only five points separating the five teams above them, a third-placed finish is more than achievable.
Front-row regulars Paul Woodburn and Ryan Brown take up the mantle and will look to hooker Jordan Garnett to take control of the tight five.
Evergreen skipper Martin Kennedy continues in the second row and will play alongside partner-in-crime Mark Hall as they support the men in front. Peter Jennens comes into the back row, as does Peter Steele, who has been great this season, travelling to away games from his new residence in the Blackpool area.
Millom A v Creighton
(Wilson Park, 3pm)
MILLOM take on Creighton in a Cumbria League Two clash which brings their season to a close.
A squad will be selected on the day, but the regulars who pull the jersey on week-in, week-out will be putting their hands up for this one. Club captain Ian Cummings will be looking to the club’s young guns to step up, with the likes of Callum Loughran, Joe Thomlinson and Keiron Coulson all capable of holding their own.
The young talent of Si Robertson will be on show as the fly-half continues to grow game by game, with the likes of Chris Parks on hand to give him advice. Hopefully, wide men Kyle Barnes and Morgan Tyson will be available to finish off moves, with the experience of Ryan Carter and utility man Trevor Dixon always available.
Workington v Ambleside
AMBLESIDE’S final game sees them travel west to Workington, a team they have helped out in the past, so it should be a great away day.
As they have done this season, Ambleside travel with the same team, with skipper Paul Longster in the second row alongside Jacob Taylor. They will be pushing on Mike Gibson, Gregg Stephenson and Mike Blakestone in a strong front three.
Gregg Machino, Cyrill Lathes and Pip Houghton make up the back row and will be looking to get their hands on plenty of ball to help get their backline up and running. Keenan Longster will be directing traffic from scrum half and will look to give good ball to Peter Holgate at stand-off who, if given time, can open up defences at will.
A strong centre-field partnership of Steve Matthews and Matt Middlemiss can do damage if given the ball, so with Rory Townsend and Tim Horsefall on the wings, they should have plenty of scoring opportunities.