NEW coach Darren Clarke is looking for a big improvement from Hindpool Tigers when they kick off the North West Men’s League season tomorrow.

Tigers have dropped into the second division for 2019 and are home to Chorley Panthers.

And, having seen his team suffer a heavy defeat to Dalton in the Barton Townley Cup, Clarke has targeted several areas for improvement.

“We have worked hard on many things, with emphasis on speed at the play the ball,” said Clarke.

Hindpool key man Phil Cubiss has taken a year out, while Matty Preston has retired. Also missing out are Josh Bayliss, Josh Crawford and Johny Griffiths.

In come John Crawford, along with Paul Rickleton who will run at six with Grant Burns at full-back.

In Division One, Ulverston entertain Oldham St Annes A, with skipper Matty Storey returning along with Brad Williamson, while a wrist injury rules out Kieron Potter.

Coach Dennis Porter is confident of getting off to a good start, saying: “It’s all looking good with over 30 lads training this week and they are very fit thanks to Darren Cassley. We go with confidence after our Barton Townley win over Walney.”

Walney Central travel to Halton Farnworth in the Premier Division without Brad Nichols and Matty Holmes, but back in the fold are Brad Fones, Jack Rushton and Joe McMullen.