THE Cumbria League is in full swing this weekend, with three of the area’s four sides in action.

Walney Central and Barrow Island both host fixtures, with Ulverston on the road.

Millom and Askam travel in the National Conference, while Hindpool Tigers are in action at Brisbane Park and Dalton end their Pennine League campaign at home to Siddal.


(Central Drive, 2.30pm)

KEY players Liam Finch, Carl McBain and Dave Warne are ruled out of the Cents line-up for their first home fixture of the season.

Finch and McBain are unavailable, along with Connor Pearce, while Warne has a knee injury that keeps flaring up.

Into the squad comes Ethan Furness and Dale Waite, a product of Millom, is set for his senior debut.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cents lag behind other clubs in the Cumbria League, having just one game under their belt – a victory over Roose Pioneers on day one.

Despite these setbacks, the players have been kept on their toes by coaches Shaun Morrow, Jan Elliott and up-and-coming former Barrow Raiders and Cents player Jack Pedley, who have been putting them through some stiff sessions.

Morrow said: “We have to get our season under way. It has been a difficult few weeks, but we have kept them working hard in training. Jack Pedley has made a difference – he is definitely a coach for the future.

“We could be a little light up front against a team that have a big pack, but we will be all right. We will look at our A-team game and will probably bring one or two into the squad.”

Seaton have played four and won two so far – both against Roose Pioneers, including last week’s 20-0 home victory.


(Rating Lane, 2.30pm)

SCOTT Hadwin is back for the Island as they look to get back on track after last week’s defeat at Cumbria League leaders Maryport.

Lewis Singleton is ruled out tomorrow, but otherwise it will be a similar side that took on the Port. Coach Joe Elliott said: “We did very well up at Maryport. Although we lost, they are a very good side and I was proud of each player. It was nip-and-tuck and we came so close – it was a great performance.

“Unfortunately, we have lost Joe Spencely to university, but we have a strong squad this season and, if needed, we will look at lads that play for the A-team.”

Island lie fourth in the table, with two wins from three.


PHIL Atkinson takes his team up the coast looking to maintain their 100 per cent record following three straight wins, including last week’s one-point victory over Ellenborough.

Andy Allen has returned after a two-year absence and is in contention, along with exciting young players James Porter and Josh Rankin.

Last week’s drop-goal star Matt Storey, Liam High and double try-scorer Tom Spedding are unavailable.

Atkinson said: “We have lost three forwards, but are strong up front and will have four forwards on the bench.

“We ground out a win last week in heavy conditions and I feel we could have won by a larger margin on a dry pitch.

“Our discipline was good and that goes a long way and we are growing stronger each game. Hopefully the game will be on as their game last week was called off due to a heavy pitch.”


THE Woollybacks go in search of their first win in National Conference Division One, but face a tough hurdle deep into Yorkshire.

Oulton are joint-top with four wins from four, while Millom have lost four from four.

Several players are unavailable for the trip, including Steve Dawson, Matt Palmer, Marcus O’Brien and Chris Warren.

However, coach Tom Sibley is optimistic, and said: “Although it’s going to be a difficult game, I feel there is enough spirit in the camp.

“We fell short against East Leeds last week (losing 17-6) when, with a little more steadiness, we could have won. It is a long season, 22 games still to play, so you look on the bright side and we may get that win.”

Back in the fold are Dave Thompson and Connor Sykes, with others to be added.


TWO unbeaten teams go head-to-head in South Yorkshire.

The home side top the National Conference Division Two table with three wins from three, while Askam have a win and a draw.

Missing the trip are Adam Jackson, Matt Heaton, Tom Shaw, Gary Bolton, Stu High, Tom Hopkins and Barry Pugh, but back into the squad come Tom Goffatt and the returning Kris Tyson.

Hunslet are in top form after their promotion, and Askam coach Mike Wilson said: “It’s a difficult one with so many out, but we will still field a strong side and we will give some of the younger lads an opportunity.”


(Kelland Park, 2.30pm)

DALTON round off their long hard season in Pennine League Division One with a visit from third-in-the-table Siddal.

Assistant coach Owen Richards said: “We want to go out with a bang and give our supporters a win.

“I thank all the lads for playing their part this season. At times we only had 13 travellers, but we played on.”

Chris Reid could return, along with Ben Atkinson and Jamie Southward, while a late fitness test awaits Lee Park.


(Brisbane Park, 2.30pm)

AFTER last week’s win away at Bamber Bridge with two players light, the Tigers should have the full complement for the visit of North West Men’s Division One leaders Orrell.

St James were promoted last year and seem to have hit the ground running.

Hindpool’s Phil Cubiss said: “We know very little about them, so we are just concentrating on what we do and preparing for what should be a tough battle.

“Our defence last week, for the most part, was really good, with Bamber only scoring from silly lapses in concentration, something that we can’t afford against a team like Orrell.

“Our attack was also pretty good for the conditions and the score could have been a bit more one-sided had it not been for several occurrences of desperate defence on their behalf and some sloppy last pass options from us.”

Hindpool are missing Craig ‘Mucker’ Regan and Joe Wrightwebb from last week, while Daryl Archer has pulled his groin during the week and requires a late assessment.

Grant Burns, Jamie Lynn, Tom Heighton and Paul Rickelton should all be available, with A-team players filling the rest of the gaps.

After tomorrow’s game, Hindpool are holding their sponsorship raffle draw in the bar at 5pm, with seven businesses winning a place on their charity kit for a company logo.

The kit, once produced, will be worn for the rest of the season to raise awareness and money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Tigers’ chosen charity for 2016.

Barrow and District League Fixtures: Tonight (6.15pm): Hindpool v Barrow Island, Walney v Dalton.