Forward pair missing as Darlington Mowden Park hit the road

Lock and flanker ruled out of Sedgeley Park trip as three and four in National Two North square up

Darlington Mowden Park are without back-rower Liam Riley and lock Chris Campbell for tomorrow’s National Two North trip to promotion rivals Sedgeley Park.

Third-placed Mowden face a Sedgeley side only one spot below them in the table, co-coach Danny Brown saying: “We are doing all right in behind the front two and are quite happy there, but November is our toughest period in playing all the teams above and around us. It is going to be a testing month.

“Sedgeley Park dropped down into our league this season and they are a decent side.

“We have lost Chris with a neck injury and also our star of the season Liam with a shoulder problem. He is a local lad who has been sensational this season and we are just waiting to find out how long it will be.

“Glen Youngs, a youngster from Newcastle, could benefit from that and I don’t envisage too many additional changes.

“Mike Wood had an outstanding game last week against Sheffield Tigers and will almost certainly keep his place in the team.”

Blaydon captain Keith Laughlin will have to make do with a spot on the bench as National One leaders Doncaster visit Crow Trees tomorrow.

Director of rugby Micky Ward keeps faith with the side which beat Henley 39-5 last weekend. Laughlin and scrum-half Jonny Burn both return on the bench.

Tynedale could have fly-half Gavin Beasley on board for tomorrow’s trip to Esher despite leaving the field last weekend with a suspected broken wrist, although Pete Weightman (ankle) and Nick Cairns (neck) are both out.

Chairman of rugby John Shotton said: “We have 17 first-team players injured at the moment.

“Our captain Jack Harrison is 50-50 to be coming back and we are waiting to see if Harrison Collins’ thumb clears up in time.”

Percy Park make just one change for their National Three North visit of Sale, Austin Phillips replacing the injured Josh Hedley as George Purdy and Oli Walker come onto the bench.

Westoe, fresh from last weekend’s 41-10 thumping of Billingham, make a handful of changes for the trip to Bradford and Bingley, director of rugby Andy Howells saying: “We had a good win last weekend, finally putting in that second-half performance we have been looking for.

“If we can carry on like that we will turn heads, and we have two changes for tomorrow.

“Dom Connolly comes in at prop with Richard Arrowsmith out. Peter Dent will start, Charles Popp is back but John Younghusband is away due to work commitments.”


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