Malton & Norton Preview

By Dave Picken - September 19 2019
Malton & Norton Preview Top try scorer Will Hilditch is set to make his first league appearance of the season as we look to get our first away points at  Malton and Norton.

The Gannock started off life as a Roman fort and it's still a tricky place to get a result.

We managed it in 2016 against the odds in a 34-20 win - Chris Atkins suffering an injury in the warm-up, which kept him out for the rest of the season.

The tufty pitch was also blamed for hamstring injuries to Zac Southern and Lee Maddison with a 17 year old Jake Linighan coming on for one of his very first appearances. He's still showing promise and will start the game this week alongside those 2016 injury victims.

Hilditch scored in that game (pictured) and his 22 tries from 23 appearances last season were a major feature of our promotion. He will start in the centre against a home side which lost 52 -24 at Moortown last week.

Front rows Adam Brown and Michael Hogan both suffered injuries last week in the fightback against Pocklington, and will miss the trip.  Fortunately, Andrew Rollins is back in the swing and resumes in his usual position of hooker and a fit looking Danny Cookland is alongside.

Liam Pennick is over his 19th birthday celebrations and will be providing front row cover alongside fellow Academy graduate Ethan Ledington, who had such an encouraging pre-season in the back row.

Luke Mallinson's versatlity earns him a return to the bench after a starring role for the Stags last week.

West: Zac Southern, Max Tennant, Will Hilditch, Peter Youll, Lewis Scott, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter (capt), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Danny Cookland,  Jake Linighan, John Bunter, Alex Barker, Liam Bailey, Chris Atkins.

Changes: Liam Pennick, Luke Mallinson, Ethan Ledington.

Malton & Norton Preview
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20/09/2019 08:55
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20/09/2019 22:29
Best of luck guys. GO WEST!

Re: Malton & Norton Preview
LesterP (IP Logged)
21/09/2019 08:14
Hopefully the Bus Driver will know the way this time and get there in time for a warm up 😂

In Sunny Snowdonia so will be tuning in for updates from the top of Yr Wyddfa.

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