FORWARDS coach Ed Williamson insists that there is much more to come from his Westoe side, despite them sitting at the top of the SSE National Two North table.
The Shieldsmen have recorded a maximum haul of three bonus-point victories in a flying start to the campaign, but face a trip to fellow unbeaten side Luctonians tomorrow.
Williamson said: “We are very happy with the start we have had, but the boys still have a lot more to give. We have not been fully tested yet, but tomorrow will be a level up from what we have faced so far.”
The former Newcastle Falcons flanker is assisting player-coach Mark Bedworth in a new-look managerial team, with Bedworth a key absentee on the field at present with a back injury.
Captain Gareth Nesbit misses tomorrow’s trip with an elbow problem, leaving David Haswell to skipper a side boasting a number of star performers. Centre Tommy Banks has been arguably the headline-grabber, with two tries in each of his last two games.
Williamson said: “Tommy has come over from Liverpool, and he is a good, strong player with a massive leg-drive to break tackles. One of the tries he got last weekend - he had no right to score it – but he has come in and done great for us.
“Ben Frankland has come in from Tynedale to bolster the back-row, and we got his forms through in time to play last weekend.
“Haydn Richards has been doing really well, Rob Adair at hooker has been strong and on the wing Gareth Kerr is registering a try every single game.”
Tynedale are set to rotate a number of their players as they visit Barking in National One. Dom Shaw is available again at scrum-half, and Sam Shires hopes to be passed fit in the back-row.
Blaydon, meanwhile, are at home to leaders Macclesfield, with centre Fred Burdon available.
Blaydon (v Macclesfield, home, SSE National One): G Painter, M Clark, F Burdon, C Incleton, S Barber, A Baggett, M Mellish; R Kalbraier, M Hall, M Ward, C Wearmouth, S English, G Jones, D Watchorn, J Smithson.
Middlesbrough (v Morpeth, home, North One East): C Campbell, M Thornburn, R Bellerby, S Richardson, J Bircham, A Rose, P Wright: M Helm, R Horton, C Chapman, L Theakston, R Barker, M Dixon, G Fingland, I Bradford.
Blyth (v Winlaton, home, Durham & Northumberland Two): S Hall, A Barker, G Sutherland, A Sutherland, J Bostock, G Dawson, T Smithson, N Fraser, M Stephenson, M Barber, W Dobson, C Turnbull, S Long, D Langdown, W Davie.
Consett (v Yarm, away, Durham & Northumberland 2): H Petch, A Watkinson, A French, C Gates, T Johnson, N Cook, L Bartle; M Sadler, R Connor, M Cammiss, S Murdoch, I McGeorge, C Gray, J Rowbotham, R Gratton.
Seaton Carew (v Hartlepool, away, Durham & Northumberland Two): M Robinson, L Wood, L Humble, M Richardson, L Pape, J Lindsay, D Charlton; G Ruddock, A Train, J Aird, L Kidson, M Stockdale, B Glaister-Smith, S Burmiston, K Tumilty.
Seghill (v Houghton, home, Durham & Northumberland Three): J Armstrong, J McLean, P Latham, M Sherman, L Lonsdale, J Goodwin, D Slater; A Mitchell, N Renney, P Quick, A Stephenson, D Blackburn, A Lowery, N Weir, G Burgess.
RGS Newcastle (v Durham School, away): T Penny, S Robson, J Carding, J Guy, McArdle, O Lawton, S Robson; M McHugh, M Haigh, M Lowes, T Jennings, W Lawton, C Stothard, N Richardson, N Gerber.