Malton & Norton Preview

By Dave Picken - September 7 2017
Malton & Norton Preview Once again our first away trip is to The Gannock where we will be hoping for a few less injuries. This time last year we won 34-20 but paid a price with Chris Atkins falling foul of the traditional long grassed Yorkshire pitch during the warm up -  he's still out with damaged knee ligaments. Zac Southern, Lee Maddison and Ross Wood all went down during the game ...

We have plenty of supporters with connections in that area and our biggest away following of the season saw a lively game.

It was the same last week when we gifted YMCA two interceptions. Fortunately, they returned the compliment with a short line out throw straight to a grateful  Scott Butcher.

We don't mind helter skelter games if we win, however it won't be easy against a side who finished last season very strongly as they fought to avoid the dreaded bottom three.

M&N have lost influential prop Ben Boothman to Hull and their two South African imports didn't play in the 41-12 defeat at newly promoted Northern last week. Nor did skipper Sam Triffitt who was injured in a cycling accident. They're all back this week in a side which shows seven changes.

We will again be without Sam Miller whose impressive pre-season was ended with strained ankle ligaments in the win over Rochdale. It's hoped he may be back in contention for next week's visit of Percy Park.

Michael Hogan is doing the Great North Run and Scott Butcher is also unavailable, as a result we have another debutant in Isaac Robinson who has been impressing for the Stags' back row. Jake Linghan starts this week with John Bunter moving back to second row to partner him.

In the backs Craig Swales comes in on the wing with Ben Armstrong providing cover from the bench after a solid debut against YMCA.

WEST:  Luke Mallinson, Craig Swales, Peter Youll, Gavin Painter, Will Hilditch, Zac Southern, Ryan Painter (capt), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Alex Key, John Bunter, Jake Linighan, Isaac Robinson, Andy Turner, Alex Barker.

Changes: Ben Armstrong, Jordan Foulds, Adam Brown.

Malton and Norton: Zweli Sodladla, Joe Tenge, Nick Rangiuira, Vus Dyantjies, Rob Armitage, Luke Raduva, Paul Angus, Liam Vaughan, John Vasconcelos, Rob Featherstone, Ali Fothergill, Jamie Rounthwaite, Tom Lowry, Sam Triffitt (capt), Ali Coe.


Changes: James Thornton, Sean Emms, Rob Dempsey.

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