Walney Central will look for revenge tomorrow when they take on Haydock at Central Drive, where a win is vital if they are to remain in the Premier Division of the North West Men’s League.

The Cents are applying for admission to the Third Division of the National Conference League for next season but if unsuccessful they will stay in the NWML.

Haydock are in the top half of the division, while the Cents have struggled to find their feet in the top tier, winning only three of their 14 games during the campaign.

Their cause is not helped by Dec Gavin being ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken hand. The livewire hooker joins Matty Holmes and Jamie Ralph who will also have to sit it out until next year. Cents are hoping that former Raider Andy Litherland will shrug off a minor injury but he is rated 50-50 at present.

Joint coach Dave Warne, who himself has pulled on a shirt in recent games, said on last week’s 54-10 defeat at home to Ashton Bears: “Myself and (fellow joint coach) Dave Bell were very pleased with our first half performance against Ashton.

“We should have been ahead at half time, instead of 12-10 down, but our second half was not very pleasing as our defence collapsed and they ran away with it. The season is almost over so we need a win tomorrow.”

Barrow Island look to put a halt to a run of home defeats as they take on Beverley at Rating Lane in Division Two of the Conference after losing three on the trot on their own patch.

On the plus side, Peter Rimmer is back in the fold where his presence will be felt up front, while also back in contention is half-back Adam Jackson but unavailable from last week is Matty Brown.

A late test awaits powerful centre Dan White, who is recovering from a broken foot. White’s strong running and his ability to take the high ball has been sorely missed recently.

Coach Joe Elliott is still optimistic that his troops can make the play-offs, saying: “We have three out of five games at home and if we get the right results then we should make the play-offs.

“We have the lads to get us there but they must be consistent throughout the 80 minutes they play. They have really good spells but I think once a team hits back at us they lose a bit of confidence.”