THE rugby union season resumes tomorrow after its Christmas break and Hawcoat Park have a place in the top half of the Cumbria One table in their sights.

The Maroon & Whites are back on the road as they travel to central Cumbria to take on a Cockermouth side who are going through a resurgence as of late.

Both teams enjoyed some great results toward the end of 2018 and it makes this encounter a tasty one to say the least.

Hawcoat skipper George Smith, who lines up at full-back, will be looking for his troops to keep up their good work going with only a handful of games left before the league splits.

Final selection is still to be confirmed, but it is likely the front three of Colin Niven, Adam Grainger and Andy Kent will take to the field, with Ash Mowatt and Jack Sutherland in the second row.

Brad Morrow will lead the back row, looking to fellow wing forwards Callum Ramsey and Grady Slater to carry the ball up.

Jack Shannon links up with Scott Kaighan in the halves, with centres Chris Burns and Ryan Clegg more than likely look to pair up in attack and defence in the midfield alongside wing-men Benji Platt and Jack Lord, who will be on hand to finish off Park’s attacks.

The North West Intermediate League returns tomorrow as well, and Hawcoat’s A-team are looking good this season for promotion from Division Four North.

Much of that will depend on the side travelling strong for away matches and they do then they will win promotion.

Skippers Peter Jennens and Matt Robson will be key in this happening and in getting the side to push on for the remainder of the season.

Perhaps the biggest front row in the clubs history takes to the field for tomorrow’s match, with Rob Hope alongside Ryan Brown and Paul Woodburn, supported from the engine room by Corey Doherty and Jordan Bayliff.

Austin Meadows also returns and could well start alongside Rory Sayle and one of the co-captains although Robson could well step up to first team if required.

Scott Garnett and Adam Williamson will fight it out for the scrum-half jersey and whoever looking to get the back line away.

The rest of the positions in the Hawcoat back line are still to be confirmed, but with Peter Matthews, Jay Crowe, Keenan Cotton, Rob Harvey and Jason Milby all available they should be too strong for the home side.

A win for Hawcoat could lift them up to second in the table, while a bonus-point victory would put them well within striking distance of league leaders Vale of Lune 4.

Keeping up their positive form from the first half of the season will be the aim for Millom when the Cumbria Two season resumes tomorrow.

After a difficult start to the campaign, the Blues moved steadily up the table towards the end of last year with some good results and are now sixth.

Millom start 2019 with a tough game at home to a strong Carlisle Crusaders side, who are nine points and two places above them in the standings.

The hosts have a lot of youth coming through the ranks at the moment, with the likes of Sy Robinson, Dylan Sykes, Robbie Pattinson and Kieron Coulson all having outstanding seasons so far and becoming the back bone of this young side.

Millom do expect to strengthen the pack this week, with the likes of Danny Redhead, Steven Watson, Chris Park and Adam Redhead all hoping to be in the squad after returning from injury.

The side are confident at the moment and the club expects a good performance which will be enough for all the points against a travelling Carlisle side. Kick-off is 2.15pm at Wilson Park.

Furness, who ended 2018 third in the standings and in with a chance of promotion, are due to head to Creighton tomorrow.

However, there is no team news as yet with the side struggling due to injuries.

Windermere have the weekend off and return to action away to Silloth on January 12.