Medicals Preview

By Dave Picken - January 18 2019
Medicals Preview Luke Mallinson makes a welcome return to the starting line-up with Zac Southern moving to fly-half as we take on Medicals (kick off 2.00) looking to build on last week's win against leaders Northern ..

The promotion race in Durham and Northumberland One, which once looked a bit of a formality, is now wide open with the hope we can come up on the rails and earn the automatic promotion place.

Leaders Northern were brought to heel at Brinkburn last week with a bonus point win for West - putting us just three points behind the side which has led the table from week one.

The 38-22 win was no more than an enterprising West deserved. The quality of the performance underlined by the fact it was the first game this season where Northern’s lively backs had not earned their side a try bonus point.

This week we face another set of lively backs at Medicals, and travel knowing we can’t afford to relax against a side which is currently in tenth position, but which comes into the game off the back of a 26-20 win at Horden and Peterlee.

Player coach Stu Waites led from the front last week, unfortunately he suffered a second half calf injury and won't be risked.

It allows Mallinson to make his first start after returning to the fold from West Leeds. Scott Butcher also starts after making a scoring impact when he came on last week.

Jake Linighan's work commitments meant he  missed last week's big win, where the pack dominated the set-piece, and he will be lookng to make an impact from the bench. 

Work and family commitmemnts could also lead to one or two other changes so a five man bench has been named.

West: Luke Mallinson, Callum Johnston, Will Hilditch, Peter Youll, Adam Peacock, Zac Southern, Ryan Painter (captain), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Adam Brown, Chris Atkins, John Bunter,  Alex Barker, Isaac Robinson,  Scott Butcher.

Changes from: Jake Linighan, Joe Rafferty, Michael Hogan, Jonny Hunter, Craig Hadwen.

Medicals Preview
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 10:04
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LesterP (IP Logged)
18/01/2019 22:00
BP game please lads.

Scorer of the BP try gets a free signed copy of Graham Frankland's Autobiography - "Empire - My Life at The Top"

Stand Fast Boys - No Surrender !

All set down there Stan ?

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Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 07:21
Yes, all sorted. The midweek sandstorms have cleared up and it's a lovely day here.

I thought that was an excellent gesture from the Match Sponsors last week.

I'm a bit worried about Will Hilditch. After I generously re-gifted him and his housemates a litre (!!) of Jack Daniel's he has since failed to score. Sort it out, lad!

Stan - working on his catch phrase

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Kathryn 😊 (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 07:24
Lol so it’s your fault!

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Tim Hilditch (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 12:52
Will has replied - ‘I can assure good old Stan that no JD has been past my lips‘ and then ‘It’s only been one game as well give me a chance‘

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Kathryn 😊 (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 14:58

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Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 15:55
Now we have won convincingly and the club isn't trying to lynch Stan for upsetting the top scorer I shall apologise and keep my thoughts to myself in future!

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Tim Hilditch (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 16:22
Ah’s now two games and no tries. I shall be having a word I think, he needs to stop allowing everyone else to score, or st least that’s what today’s result looks like 😊

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Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
19/01/2019 18:09
Well so long as we keep racking up the tries he must be doing something right!

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