Nathan Sneesby and Paul Rickleton return from their tour of Jamaica with the North West Lionhearts to boost the ranks of Hindpool Tigers, who play their most important game for several years at Brisbane Park tomorrow.

The Tigers take on Chorley Panthers in the semi-finals of the North West Men’s League Trophy a team that won at Brisbane Park on the opening day of the season 24-0, so revenge is a high priority.

Coach Darren Clarke said ahead of the clash of the Second Division sides: “The players and all at the club are buzzing, it is a big game and we are going all out to make the final.

“You can’t really take much from that first game - it was a horrible day, very wet and we had a good second half after going behind 24-0 at half-time with no further score.

“We haven’t had a game for a couple of weeks so it has given some of the lads more time to recover from minor knocks.”

Last weekend, the Tigers and Westhoughton agreed to postpone their league game as both teams had selection problems. Dates were given by both for a possible date in August.

The Tigers were then informed this week that ‘Houghton had done a u-turn and claimed the points which they were awarded.

“We are disappointed by their actions and also, lose a further point for not full filling the fixture.

“That has dented our play-off hopes but we have to go with it. We are totally focused on the cup tie now and look forward to go through and play St Pats or Spring View at Latchford,” added Clarke.

A shoulder injury rules out Jamie Lynn while making the journey from his barracks in Catterick is army boy Ryan Barker. Mike Pearce is also in contention for the number nine role along with Mike Kummer and Matty Archer.

“We are pleased Matty Archer is available, he takes the opposition on and tightens it up in the middle of the park,” said Clarke.

“Chorley are well organised and in the first game had a good number six so we will be looking to see if he is on the team sheet. They also have a big set of forwards but we are well prepared.”

In the First Division, Ulverston take on Folly Lane a week after losing away to the same team 19-12. The Dragley Beck side welcomed back skipper Matty Storey last week after several weeks on the sidelines and is in contention tomorrow, along with Jake Spedding and Rowan Smedley while unavailable is Tom Spedding.

Coach Dennis Porter said: “It was good to have Matty back and I praise Mike Reekes who was working on the morning and drove down.”