York Preview

By Dave Picken - November 22 2019
York Preview It's a month since we last had a league game at Brinkburn and we take on high-flying York knowing we must make home advantage count if we are to start climbing the league.

We go into the game suffering the legacy of last week’s encounter with Kendal with back rows Adam Brown and Ethan Ledington both injured in the 35-19 defeat together with Adam Coates.

Fortunately, Liam Bailey (pictured) is set to make an immediate return after missing last week when his car broke down on the A66 and Scott Butcher, outstanding at the end of last season, returns for his first game of this campaign.

Zac Southern is fit again and is back in the centre with Will Hilditch back on his usual wing and Joe Willis on the other. On the bench Harry Mayes, another Academy player, comes in to provide backs cover.

We failed to come back from the trips to Moortown and Kendal without any points despite mounting impressive fightbacks in both games. Our recent  habit of allowing sides to cruise into early leads has cost us dear, and we can ill afford a repeat performance against a York side led by former Munster fly half Declan Cusack.

West: Ollie Connolly, Will Hilditch, Zac Southern, Peter Youll, Joe Willis,  Liam Pennick, Aidan Jackson-Smith, Andrew Rollins, Jake Linighan, John Bunter,  Scott Butcher, Liam Bailey, Chris Atkins, Aidan Jackson-Smith.

Changes: Michael Hogan, Ben Armstrong, Harry Mayes..

York Preview
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22/11/2019 16:41
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