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PERCY Park are without wing pair George Lewis and Liam Blackburn as they aim to reach a third consecutive Northumberland Senior Cup final.

PERCY Park are without wing pair George Lewis and Liam Blackburn as they aim to reach a third consecutive Northumberland Senior Cup final.

They host Tynedale Raiders at Preston Avenue in tomorrow's semi-final, with the winner meeting Morpeth after they dispatched Alnwick earlier this month.

Percy Park, winners for the last two seasons, insist they will field a strong side for the competition as the league season takes a breather.

Head coach Ed Midcalf said: "We are going hard for the County Cup again.

"The entire club is behind us in that because we know how much it means to people, and it is important that we associate Percy Park with success by winning these competitions. Tynedale are always stiff opposition, Graham Steadman from Newcastle Falcons was down doing a defence session last night and the lads are well up for it.

"Both wingers from last week are unavailable, and we will probably give Josh Hedley a chance. He is a young lad who is in the Falcons academy, he has played for them in the A-League and I have been impressed by his attitude in training."

Hoping to beat the elements, he added: "Our pitch is generally a good one, but it was underwater at the start of this week so we will just have to see how well it drains. For now it is just a case of fingers crossed and hoping we get it played."

Elsewhere in the region cup matters are on the agenda, with Stockton hosting Alnwick in the RFU Intermediate Cup tomorrow. Blyth travel to Winlaton in the Senior Vase, while Newton Aycliffe are at home to Prudhoe and Stocksfield in Junior Vase action.

Novos are staging the Dave Fettis Memorial Cup match at their Sutherland Park ground, with the club's English players taking on a Novos Overseas XV at noon before the England v New Zealand game.

The Twickenham match is followed at the same venue by England Women as they go for a 3-0 series clean sweep against the world champion Black Ferns, led by former Novos' Katy McLean and Sarah Hunter.

MARK SMITH

 

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