BARROW Island go into tomorrow's National Conference League Division Two clash with Shaw Cross Sharks with a stronger line-up than last week's defeat.

A win for the Island will push them into the top half of the table, and they welcome back Joe Mallinson, Blain Marwood, Carl McBain, Jake Stockdale and Matt Parkinson.

However, coach Joe Elliott delays naming his 17 as the young players who came in last week at West Bowling are in contention too.

"We are back with good numbers but I must praise the lads that went to West Bowling," said Elliott. "For several reasons, we only took 15 players.

"We played reasonably well last week and never gave up scoring 12 late ponts when adrift 34-6.(36-18). All teams in this division have lost their unbeaten records, so it is very competitive.

"It is important that you win your home games if you want to go up or get into the play-offs. We will put out a strong side, and our aim is to win and climb the ladder."

Island have two wins from four and have a better points difference than the five teams below them. The Cross were 30-18 losers at second-placed Dudley Hill last weekend, having been ahead 18-8 at one stage.

Second from bottom Askam are home to East Leeds, who are one place above them on points difference and come to Fallowfield Park on the back of a 34-16 home defeat at the hands of Hull Dockers.

The Villagers are without Russ Bolton, Jordan Jones, Kris Tyson and Brad Jackson while Andy McKie is away with the Scottish Students side in Ireland.

"It was hard at Clock Face last week (34-8 loss) with so many out, so it is important that we get a result," said Askam coach Dave Clark.

"I can't fault the lads for effort as we had eight missing. but we need to start picking up points to climb the ladder.”

Millom are on their travels at Batley Boys, who drew 28-28 at Salford Roosters last week – a team the Woolybacks crushed the previous week.

Injuries could rule out Noah Robinson, Dane Kelly and Chris Warren, while on international duty for Scotland are Connor Terrill, Charlie Emslie and Dylan Sykes.

Not making the trip are Adam Kelly and Luke Brady, while back in contention are Joe Wright,Tom Sibley and Rickie Donaghue.

Millom go on the back of a fine 44-18 victory at Gateshead last week and coach Tom Sibley said: “It's two wins on the bounce, and now its time to string a few wins together and get up the ladder.”