WALNEY’S bid to dent the record of runaway Cumbria League leaders Distington is the highlight of tomorrow’s fixtures.

Barrow Island, also chasing second place, aim to complete the double over Wath Brow A at Rating Lane.

Roose Pioneers hope to build on last week’s win over Hensingham with a trip to Maryport, while local National Conference clubs Askam (to Leigh) and Millom (to Leeds) also hit the road.

Walney v Distington

(Central Drive, 1pm)

SHAUN Morrow is hoping the Elliott brothers, Mike and Matt, overcome groin injuries as he plots the downfall of undefeated Cumbria League leaders Distington.

The West Cumbrians have led the league all season with 12 straight win,s but have yet to visit South Cumbria’s top two – Barrow Island and Walney.

However, a full-strength side is required to topple them and the Cents are far from being at full strength. Jamie Morrow, Dave Nicholson and Liam Finch are out through work commitments, while Mike Whitehead is unavailable.

While the Elliott boys have a 50/50 chance of being given the green light, another groin injury has ruled out Ethan Furness and knee problems rule out Jamie Ralph and Blain Devlin.

Morrow said ahead of the clash: “You need to be near full strength for a game like this and, though we have so many missing, we will field a decent side and go with what we have.

“Distington will take some catching so we are aiming to finish second for a home tie in the play-offs. They requested an early start, so we have accommodated them. Maybe they will have one or two missing but it will be a tough one.”

Barrow Island v Wath Brow A

(Rating Lane, 2.30pm)

ISLAND boss Joe Elliott is not getting carried away with last week’s 62-12 win at the Brow as his team prepare for the visit of the West Cumbrians to Rating Lane.

Elliott said: “I’m not looking too much into last week’s game. They are a very good side this season but they had several players out. This week who knows who will be back so we are not going to take them lightly.We are in a good position (in second place) and have a run of home games so things are looking good.

“We have to keep the momentum going and keep the lads on their toes as young lads are waiting in the wings. We had another young debutant in the A- team last week in Matt Brown, he’s one for the future.”

Richard Chatfield and Gareth Shaw have work commitments, but Lewis Singleton returns.

Maryport v Roose Pioneers

DAN Sharp, Russ Birch and Sam Doyle miss the trip as Pioneers look for back-to-back wins.

Last week they won a close encounter with Hensingham (28-22) but travel with no less than 10 players unavailable.

Coach Steve Neale also misses out due to holidays and his assistants at Redwaters have prepared the squad in his absence.

Leigh East v Askam

WITH Hunslet Club Parkside favourites to land the Conference Division Two title the battle for second place is up for grabs, with both these teams along with Saddleworth in contention.

Tomorrow’s clash will be one of Askam’s toughest on the road this season, with East a point ahead of the Villagers, who have a game in hand. Joe Dowsett returns, but unavailable are Barry Pugh (work) and Joe Satterthwaite with Tom Butler 50-50. Otherwise, it will be the same on duty that pulled off a great 30-26 win at St Judes last week.

Coach Mike Wilson is up for the challenge at Leigh.

He said: “It’s going to be a big game for both clubs with both going for promotion but we are up for it.

“The lads showed great character last week at Judes to come back from 24-0 down to win was brilliant.

“But we will have to be smarter tomorrow Leigh are a very good side so we will really have to concentrate on our defence as scoring tries is no problem.”

East Leeds v Millom

IF you fancy a run-out for Millom put your boots on and get on the bus for Leeds as the Woollybacks have at least 16 players ruled out.

Coach Tom Sibley could have done with several of the missing available after his team worked hard against Oulton last week.

He said: “It’s a pity we are down in numbers we were in it against Oulton 20-18 with only a few minutes to go but let them in for two late tries (30-18).

“But we will give it our best shot we have nothing to lose and we will compete.”

l Along with the whole rugby league community I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Glyn Robinson through cancer, aged 45.

Glyn was a Woollybacks stalwart for several years, a player who put everything into his game.