Northern Preview

By Dave Picken - January 11 2019
Northern Preview Some late selection issues as we prepare for the visit of top of the table Northern for a 2.15 kick off . We picked up a  few injuries at Rovers last week with a few late fitness tests in order.

Our visitors have not failed to get a try bonus point in any of their 15 games so far, and currently lead the table on 72 points with Durham City and 65 and West on 64. If we can nullify the scoring threat and earn a win it would  keep all three sides in close contention.

We are hoping we will not live to regret failing to get a try bonus point at Hartlepool Rovers last week. Coasting 27-3 at half time, and with three tries already in the bag, we took our foot off the gas and failed to get that all important fourth in the 30-17 win.

There may also be another price to pay with a number of injuries from that day - most notably for player coach Stu Waites,  Gavin  Painter, Joe Rafferty and Adam  Brown. Gav is definitely out with his knee injury while the others have been receiving treatment.

With Jake Linighan missing through work commitments, John Bunter and Chris Atkins look likely to continue their solid show in the second row. There could also be a boost with back row Scott Butcher back in training after suffering a badly gashed knee in the win over Barnard Castle back in November.

West: Zac Southern, Adam Peacock, Will Hilditch,  Peter Youll,  Max Tennant,  Stu Waites, Ryan Painter (captain), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Danny Cookland,  Chris Atkins, John Bunter, Isaac Robinson, Alex Barker, Adam Brown

Changes: Joe Rafferty, Scott Butcher, Callum Johnston.

Northern: Elliott Trott, David Reah, Joe Young, Zac Appleby-Rutter, Louie Tang, Harrison Clark, Ali GRAY, Matt Hirst, Liam Mullick, Patrick Douglas, 4. Ed Kell,  Chalky White (capt), Phil Kay, Ben Smallwood, Tom Burt.

Changes: Rob Liley, Dan Matthews, Sam Wilson.

Northern Preview
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
11/01/2019 13:02
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Re: Northern Preview
LesterP (IP Logged)
11/01/2019 16:16
Here we go then.

All set down there Stan ??

Stand Fast Boys - No Surrender !

Re: Northern Preview
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
12/01/2019 11:34
I hope our wingers listen to the expert advice available from our experienced former stars.

Last week young Max caught the ball ten yards from our own line. Despite Peter Frankland* and Graham Wilkinson* clearly telling him to kick it, he sold a dummy, flew past three tackles and set up an attack 40 yards upfield. Why won't these young lads listen?????

*some names have been changed to preserve anonymity

Re: Northern Preview
LesterP (IP Logged)
12/01/2019 11:48
Great stuff Stan - you are wasted in Education, you should have joined The Diplomatic Corps - "Our Man in Cairo" Etc.

If your previous Landlord is interested I actually have a crate of Armenian after shave in my store room. One of our Oil & Gas Consultants brought it back for me. It's an imitation brand of YSL Kouros - called "Cognos" - you wouldn't know the difference though, honest - Pound a Bottle. It does tend to leave a bit of a rash but apart from that it's "The Dogs **** " (maybe literally !" I shall be wearing some today, once groomed, for the Northern Clash.

Anyway - all set.

"Stand Fast..........."

Re: Northern Preview
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
12/01/2019 20:30
Great stuff Stan - you are wasted in Education, you're not the first to say this!

I will see if I can set up a deal on the after shave ...

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