ASKAM have the opportunity to redeem themselves when they take on Crosfields at Fallowfield Park (kick-off 2.30pm) in National Conference League Division Two tomorrow.

The Villagers were crushed 72-0 by Bradford-based West Bowling in the opening NCL fixture last weekend and it is expected to be a long, hard season for Dave Clark's boys going into the campaign minus at least eight first team regulars who have gone onto pastures new at other clubs.

Clark knows that as well as anyone, but is confident the Askam squad are up to the task and can put last Saturday's defeat behind them.

“It is going to be hard this season," said Clark, who missed the game at West Bowling due to work commitments.

"We knew during close season that we would lose these key players, but the rest of the squad said they were up for it in the Conference.

“It was a disappointing result and I myself was disappointed with the outcome, but we are fully focused on tomorrow's game.

"We went through many things in training little things that we can put right and put last weeks defeat behind us and move on."

Dale Lambton is doubtful but otherwise it will be the same squad which faced West Bowling.

Opponents Crosfields were 33-20 home winners against another Bradford side in their opener, Dudley Hill.

Elsewhere in the division, Barrow Island go with confidence to Humberside where they face fellow promoted side Beverley.

Tomorrow's opponents won the corresponding fixture 40-0 last year. However, Island were the only team to beat them last season when they triumphed in the return fixture at Rating Lane.

Dan White and Chris Burns are added to the squad that beat East Leeds 36-6 last Saturday, while Aiden White is doubtful. Missing out are Spencer Hoyland and Connor Pearce.

Coach Jan Elliott was pleased with last week result, saying: "It was a good performance in a physical encounter – they got a bit aggressive late on when the game was out of their reach.

"I was more than happy with the win. It is a long journey to Hull, but we will go there and compete."

In Division Three, Millom take on Hunslet Warriors at Devonshire Road, with the South Leeds side having gone down 22-6 at Dewsbury Celtic last weekend.

The Warriors are under the guidance of Jonathan Schofield, who is the son of former Great Britain star Garry.

The Woolybacks go into battle without Ethan Kelly, who has joined professionals Whitehaven, and we all wish him the best.