Roose Pioneers are eager to return to action after a weekend off and they face Burtonwood Bridge at Holbeck Park in Division Three of the North West Men’s League tomorrow.

Coach Mike Backhouse is looking forward for his troops to get back on the field, saying: “We have trained hard this week and the lads are keen to see some action after a week off.

“We have plenty of lads looking for places in the 17-man squad, unfortunately some will miss out so those in will have to be on their toes.

“It is our aim to finish in the top three on our return to this league and look to get promotion. It’s all new for our lads with so many youngsters at the club and they are playing really well.”

Burtonwood have won three and lost three so it should be an interesting game.

Jack Torkington, Liam Armistead and Matty Phillips are ruled out, but back in contention are the White boys Ade and Dan, along with Sam Doyle and Dave Oakley. Also set for a possible debut is an unknown player from Heysham Atoms.

Backhouse will continue with his new half-back pairing of Will Mallinson and Scott Low in the absence of points machine Adam Batty, who could be ruled out for most of the campaign. The talented scrum-half has a thumb injury.

Ulverston are hosts to Blackbrook in Division One and are looking to build on their fine win over Halton Simms Cross last week.

Coach Dennis Porter was happy with the victory in a game that he blooded young lads Eric Hill, Howard Rowley and 17-year-old Tyler Williamson.

Josh Rankin came through the A team’s defeat against Dalton on Wednesday and could be in contention.

Porter said: “It was good to see the young lads come in and play well, they are all in with a shout.

We moved from ninth to sixth with the win last week, so we will look to continue to climb the ladder. I’ve yet to finalise the 17 and took in Wednesday’s A team game with Dalton and will probably add one or two.”

Liam Saunders is out long term while Scott Houston is rated 50-50 but is expected to come through.

Walney Central make the short trip to Heysham in the Premier Division and welcome back Stu Tippett, otherwise it is the same squad named for last week’s postponement against Mayfield Rochdale A.

Coach Dave Warne said: “We need to play and Heysham should be a good test for us. It is frustrating games being called off because some lads turned down the opportunity to work.”

Hindpool are this week’s victims with Bury Bronocs stating they will not be coming to Brisbane Park.