Big promotion picture not distracting Darlington Mowden Park

Victory at Luctonians the only thing on Danny Brown's mind as National Two North promotion race enters home straight

Darlington Mowden Park in action against Stourbridge RFC
Darlington Mowden Park in action against Stourbridge RFC

Darlington Mowden Park are trying not to get ahead of themselves as they travel to Luctonians today in search of the win that would keep them in the National Two North promotion picture.

With just one automatic ascension and a single play-off place third-placed Mowden have ground to make up, and it could all come down to their home date with leaders Macclesfield on the final day of the campaign. Between now and then there is still business to be taken care of, co-coach Danny Brown stating: “Obviously it depends on what other teams do, but if we win every game with a four-try bonus point it stays in our hands.

“It may well come down to the Macclesfield match, and we might have to get a bonus-point win and deny them any points at the same time.

“But we need to get these next two games against Luctonians and Sheffield done before we can start thinking about that.”

Hoping to shake off the 230-mile bus trip, Brown added: “The first thing to get over is the journey.

“As always we are juggling a couple of injury concerns, but we have a couple looking to come back as well. The team will be very similar to last week against Otley, with Shaun McCartney and Tom Kill likely to be coming onto the wings.”

Tynedale’s quest for National One survival could reach its goal when they travel to London to tackle Richmond, fifth-placed Blaydon hosting the side immediately above them, Fylde.

Prop Trevor Davison makes his first Blaydon start, skipper Keith Laughlin returning at lock.

Percy Park bringing in hooker Jonny Dubois for their trip to Waterloo, while Westoe can confirm National Three North survival when relegated Penrith are their visitors.

Director of rugby Andy Howells said: “There are all sorts of permutations depending what other teams do, but the one thing we have in our minds is that a win will keep us up.

“We have Raymie Elliott and Richard Arrowsmith back in the front-row, which is a boost, and Michael Popp will start at full-back.”

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