Durham City Preview

By Dave Picken - November 4 2016
Durham City Preview The start of the 2.15 kicks offs and the Firsts are still unbeaten with the next two games offering an opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack. First up are City at Brinkburn followed by the tricky trip to second placed Alnwick .

The Northumbrians have their own difficult journey to Pocklington this week, so a West win over City could mean we travel next week with a comfortable cushion.

The unbeaten run comes courtesy of last week's 13-13 draw at Penrith - a game where we had the better chances to clinch a win. It was achieved without a lot of the regular faces - most are back this week with the exception of top try scorer Liam Checksfield who injured a calf at the Scottish Exiles Under 18's training camp.

However, this week does see the return of the Myers boys, Eldon and Aaron, as well as skipper Danny Boatman who has missed the last two games. Fellow back row Lee Maddison (pictured), in superb form so far, also returns.

Their availability has provided a selection headache of the right kind for the coaches who also have to turn out second and third teams who can win their County Cup games - the Stags against Blaydon at Brinkburn and the Bucks at Ryton.

Eldon Myers has been able to train this week and comes in alongside Peter Youll, with last week's try scorer Will Hilditch on one wing and Joe Willis keeping his palce on the other after his return to action at Penrith.

Skipper Boatman moves up to partner the excellent John Bunter in the second row,  with Alex Barker and Sam Miller continuing in the back row after their hard graft at Penrith, and Lee Maddison returning to join them.

Adam Coates gets the front row start this week with Ross Wood providing the front row cover, Greg Edwards the backs and Aaron Myers, who has only just returned from working abroad,  offering a number of other options.

The two sides met pre-season when we sneaked a County Cup win by just one point at Brinkburn, and City come into the game after doing us a big favour last week when they beat Pocklington 23-22 at Hollow Drift. No easy task.

They are lying in 11th place just one point ahead of the relegation zone, but are proving difficult to beat at home where only Alnwick have been successful, so far. It's been a different matter on the road where they have lost all three games.

West: Zac Southern, Joe Willis, Eldon Myers, Peter Youll, Will Hilditch, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Michael Hogan, John Bunter,  Dan Boatman (captain),Alex Barker, Lee Maddison, Sam Miller.

Changes: Ross Wood, Aaron Myers, Greg Edwards.

City: Charlie Scott, Garry Izomor, Bradley Pears, David Buchan, Josh White, Arnie Stevenson, Paul Armstrong, Mike Hay, Tim Mackay, David Lyall, Kevin Showler, Alex Whitfield, Tom Wilkinson, Craig Dominick, Peter Dent.

Changes: Dean Holden, Colin Hogg, Josh Pratt

Durham City Preview
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04/11/2016 09:36
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Re: Durham City Preview
Parental Unit (IP Logged)
04/11/2016 10:59
Having competition for places is one of the reasons we are unbeaten this season so I think the coaches will have to get used to making tough selection decisions and the players who dont make the squad will have to be a little patient. They will get their chance.
Good to see the likes of Bunter and Barker keeping their places as they have been putting in massive effort and I'd say Bunter and Maddison have been our stand-out plaeyrs so far.
Good luck to all of our teams and all of our players this weekend.

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Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
04/11/2016 11:17
Strong selection including a very strong bench but let's not take City likely and keep in mind the close cup result. We must start out as we mean to go on in the game and get the best result we possibly can. It is after all a local derby and City will be up for it to be sure!! So full 80 mins. WEST and wishing the team good luck and a return to our former winning ways. Good luck to Stags and Bucks and would be great to hear of 3 wins this weekend. hopefully home for last game of November and first game of December. would be great to be back to an unbeaten record!!

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old shepherd (IP Logged)
04/11/2016 13:22
Good luck lads. GO WEST

Re: Durham City Preview
04/11/2016 13:51
Strong winds forecast so let's have our sensible rugby heads on lads please.

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